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Darwin: The man, his science, and his legacy

Featuring: 
Keith Thomson, Kevin Padian, Kipling Will, and Eugenie C. Scott
Date: 
February 7, 2009
Location: 
2050 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809. His birthday is an opportunity to celebrate his contribution to science and its influence in such diverse academic fields as biology, anthropology, and medicine. To kick off the multiple celebrations that will be taking place in the Bay Area, UCMP and NCSE offer you the opportunity to join historians and evolutionary biologists as they discuss the extraordinary life of Charles Darwin, his contributions, his legacy, and our current understandings of evolutionary theory. Speakers will include Keith Thomson, Kipling Will, Kevin Padian, and Eugenie Scott.

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Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
12:00am
Date: 
February 5, 2009
Location: 
176 Brooks Hall
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

In working on the front lines of the creation/evolution fight, NCSE's Josh Rosenau has found that creationist arguments rely on widespread misconceptions about science and about evolution in particular. Just as parasites exploit weaknesses to gain access to new hosts, creationist ideas spread by preying on these misconceptions. By clearing up those misconceptions, we can help prevent those bad ideas from spreading.

Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
4:00pm
Date: 
February 5, 2009
Location: 
176 Brooks Hall
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

In working on the front lines of the creation/evolution fight, NCSE's Josh Rosenau has found that creationist arguments rely on widespread misconceptions about science and about evolution in particular. Just as parasites exploit weaknesses to gain access to new hosts, creationist ideas spread by preying on these misconceptions. By clearing up those misconceptions, we can help prevent those bad ideas from spreading.

Intelligent Design on Trial: Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau and Ralph Taggart and Frank Ravitch
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
February 3, 2009
Location: 
Unitarian Universalist Church
855 Grove St.
East Lansing, MI 48823

A screening of NOVA's Peabody Award-winning documentary about the 2005 intelligent design trial in Dover, PA. The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ralph Taggart of the Michigan State University Department of Geological Sciences, Frank Ravitch of the MSU Law School, and NCSE's Joshua Rosenau.

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Intelligent Design on Trial: Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau and Ralph Taggart and Frank Ravitch
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 3, 2009
Location: 
Unitarian Universalist Church
855 Grove St.
East Lansing, MI 48823

A screening of NOVA's Peabody Award-winning documentary about the 2005 intelligent design trial in Dover, PA. The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ralph Taggart of the Michigan State University Department of Geological Sciences, Frank Ravitch of the MSU Law School, and NCSE's Joshua Rosenau.

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The 21st Century Darwin Deniers

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest
Barbara ForrestBarbara Forrest
Date: 
February 1, 2009
Location: 
The Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge
8470 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge LA

Come celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin (2-12-1809) as our minister welcomes Dr. Barbara Forrest in a dialogue-sermon on how "intelligent design" and creationism are on the verge of moving into Louisiana public school science classrooms. Dr. Forrest, author of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design, is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University. She was an expert witness in the first legal case involving intelligent design (Kitzmiller v. Dover).

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The 21st Century Darwin Deniers

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest
Barbara ForrestBarbara Forrest
Date: 
February 1, 2009
Location: 
The Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge
8470 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge LA

Come celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin (2-12-1809) as our minister welcomes Dr. Barbara Forrest in a dialogue-sermon on how "intelligent design" and creationism are on the verge of moving into Louisiana public school science classrooms. Dr. Forrest, author of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design, is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University. She was an expert witness in the first legal case involving intelligent design (Kitzmiller v. Dover).

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Why Evolution Is Taught in North Carolina Schools

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.



Time: 
3:30am
Date: 
January 29, 2009
Location: 
Burney Center
University of North Carolina
Wilmington



The North Carolina science education standards have received high marks from national evaluators. They require the teaching of what scientists and teachers consider important for students to learn, including evolution. Why do scientists and teachers feel so strongly that evolution should be part of the curriculum? And why do some parents object to their children learning it?

Sponsored by:
The Department of Geology of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington


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Why Evolution Is Taught in North Carolina Schools

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.



Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
January 29, 2009
Location: 
Burney Center
University of North Carolina
Wilmington



The North Carolina science education standards have received high marks from national evaluators. They require the teaching of what scientists and teachers consider important for students to learn, including evolution. Why do scientists and teachers feel so strongly that evolution should be part of the curriculum? And why do some parents object to their children learning it?

Sponsored by:
The Department of Geology of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington


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Darwin's Legacy in Science and Society

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, PhD

Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
January 27, 2009
Location: 
Voyages of Discovery Lectures
Wright Auditorium
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC




Cupola - East Carolina UniversityCupola-East Carolina UniversityCharles Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859 was an extraordinary milestone for science, but it also had profound effects on theology, philosophy, literature, and society in general. Nowhere is this more true than in the United States, where the teaching of evolution has been contentious since the early part of the 20th century. Why have Darwin’s ideas been so valuable– and yet so controversial? The answers lie not in science, but in history and culture.

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