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After Kitzmiller, What's Next for Creationism?

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director

Time: 
6:30pm
Date: 
February 6, 2016
Location: 

Junior Ballroom, Compton Union Building
Washington State University
Pullman WA 99164 

Kitzmiller v. Dover, the 2005 case establishing the unconstitutionality of teaching intelligent design creationism in the public schools, was a pivotal event in the history of the creationism/evolution controversy in the United States. Branch will discuss why Kitzmiller was the effective end of the second phase of anti-evolution strategy and what the third phase is going to be like.

Part of the Darwin on the Palouse Darwin Day celebration for 2016, cosponsored by the Palouse Coalition for Reason and the American Humanist Association.Darwin on the Palouse 2016 poster

 

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Untangling the Bank: How Evolution Misconceptions Sow the Seeds of Doubt and Denial

Featuring: 
Stephanie Keep

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 3, 2016
Location: 

First Parish in Concord
20 Lexington Road
Concord MA 01742

Stephanie Keep will speak to Concord Area Humanists about "evolution misconceptions that keep the waters muddied, so to speak, making it that much easier for denial and doubt to take hold. I [will] also touch on the state of evolution acceptance in America, and NCSE's current efforts to improve things." A $5 donation is suggested.

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Winterfest

Time: 
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Date: 
January 24, 2016
Location: 

Iowa River Landing, Coralville IA

NCSE is partnering with the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History to contribute to Coralville's annual Winterfest.  If you're in the area come by to see and touch cool fossils from ice age animals, and learn how climate change then and now impacts living things.

Dig Deeper into Biology with Making North America

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco and Stephanie Keep

Stephanie KeepMinda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Time: 
7:00pm
Eastern
Date: 
December 8, 2015
Location: 

Join NOVA Education for a discussion with special guests Minda Berbeco and Stephanie Keep of the National Center for Science Education about how to leverage NOVA's free resources to enhance the  “geo-bio connection” in your grade 6-12 curricula and classroom activities.

Over its 4.5-billion-year history, our planet transformed from an inhospitable sphere of molten rock to one that is rich with diverse life forms. NOVA’s Making North America tells this story through the lens of our own continent’s geological formation and evolution, and offers new content that can augment the teaching of biology and life sciences. 

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IEREA Annual Conference

Featuring: 
Emily Schoerning

Emily Schoerning

Time: 
1:45pm
Date: 
December 4, 2015
Location: 

Ferguson Center
ACT Campus
200 ACT Drive
Iowa City IA 52240

Emily Schoerning is presenting on NCSE's Science Booster Club Project at the afternoon round table sessions of the IEREA Annual Conference, beginning at 1:45. Learn about our organization, our plans for regional expansion, and how we can help schools and educators in your community. Registration for the conference is required.

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What if “Intelligent Design” Had Won? Reflecting on 10 Years Since Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
6:30pm
Date: 
December 4, 2015
Location: 

Google Mountain View Campus
Room Emoji Tech Talk
1255 Pear Avenue
Mountain View CA 94043

 

A talk for the Silicon Valley Skeptics. Ten years ago, the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover determined that "intelligent design" was a form of creationism, and thus unconstitutional to advocate in public schools, but what if the decision had gone the other way? What would have been the legal, political, scientific, and educational fallout? Eugenie C. Scott is the former executive director of the National Center for Science Education, which was part of the plaintiff's legal team.

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The talk is free and open to the public.

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Silicon Valley Skeptics Meetup page (please RSVP)

Cedar Rapids Science Booster Club Project Inaugural Meeting

Featuring: 
Emily Schoerning

Emily Schoerning

Time: 
12:00pm
Date: 
December 3, 2015
Location: 

Room 119, Peterson Hall, Lower Level
Coe College
1220 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids IA 52402

Learn more about the current success of NCSE's Science Booster Club Project, and be part of the effort to expand this organization to Cedar Rapids. This event is free and open to the public.

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Gems from the Quote Mines

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director

Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
November 12, 2015
Location: 

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California

People who reject the scientific consensus aren’t fond of scientific authorities, but they love to quote scientific authorities in support of their views. A paradox? Well, no. Examination of such quotations reveals that their meaning and significance is misrepresented, often because they are quoted out of context. Moreover, these quotations are frequently transcribed inaccurately and occasionally misattributed or fabricated, often obtained from dubious or obsolete authorities, and invariably selected tendentiously. The practice of “quote mining,” as it is sometimes called, is dismaying for scientists and skeptics—but debunking it is often amusing and informative. In his talk, Glenn Branch will discuss a number of examples from creationists and climate change deniers.

This is one of a monthly series of
SkepTalks
sponsored by the
Bay Area Skeptics

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Atmosphere of Hope

Featuring: 
Benjamin D. Santer, Ph.D., NCSE board member; Tim Flannery; Rebecca Shaw

Time: 
6:30pm
Date: 
November 10, 2015
Location: 

Commonwealth Club of California
555 Post Street
San Francisco CA 94102

A Climate One event at the Commonwealth Club.

People concerned about climate disruption sometimes mope around like the fictional character Eeyore, convinced that humanity is doomed. But cause for hope is everywhere. Clean energy is advancing rapidly and people around the world are realizing the benefits of moving away from fossil fuels. Citizens are also learning to live with severe weather and the fires, floods and droughts that it brings.

When Tim Flannery, an Australian scientist, came to Climate One several years ago he said California’s future happens first in Australia. He was right. Our current drought is so similar to Australia’s Big Dry that Sacramento officials last year sent a delegation down under to learn from it. What else can California learn from Australia? Can Australia’s carbon price come back from the dead? What does the latest science tell us about how the climate is changing?

Join us for a conversation about science, hope, and solutions.

Tickets are $12 for members of the Commonwealth Club, $20 for non-members, $7 for students with identification.

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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Kevin Padian, Nick Matzke, Christie Rehm, Eric Rothschild, Baba Brinkman

Nick MatzkeNick Matzke

Kevin PadianKevin Padian

Time: 
8:00pm
Date: 
November 7, 2015
Location: 

The Gallery at Appalachian Brewing Company
50 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg PA 17101

Panel discussion featuring Dover trial participants on the impact and experience of being part of the constitutional test case of intelligent design and evolution.

Performer: Baba Brinkman, the Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, whom The New York Times describes as, "Very funny, very educational … like attending the best TED talk ever, but with musical breaks."

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Kevin Padian is past president of NCSE's board of directors and also Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator in the University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley; he testified for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover. Nick Matzke is a former staffer at NCSE; he served as scientific advisor to the plaintiffs' legal team. Christie Rehm was one of the eleven parents to serve as plaintiffs. Eric Rothschild of Pepper Hamilton LLP was the lead attorney for the plaintiffs.

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