NCSE Past Events

Eugenie C. Scott

Fallout from Dover: The Effect on State Science Standards Adoption, and the Rise of Academic Freedom Laws

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
9:30pm
Date: 
February 13, 2016
Location: 

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington DC 20008

 

A talk for a symposium, “After the Dover Intelligent Design Trial: Law, Politics, and Education,” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.

If the judge in Kitzmiller had ruled that intelligent design (ID) was legal to teach, very little would change in the science community – ID repeatedly has been shown to lack scientific merit. But the politicization of education and science would have increased exponentially. The adoption by states of the national science education standards already had been lagging, largely as a result of the strong inclusion of evolution and climate change; this delay would have been greatly exacerbated, and many state departments of education would have been under considerable pressure to include ID in their states’ standards. The spate of Academic Freedom laws that sprung up in the early 2000s would similarly have been augmented by a positive decision for ID in Kitzmiller, and local ID policies would have burgeoned. Other people appearing in the symposium include NCSE board member Richard B. Katskee, Kenneth R. Miller, Robert T. Pennock, Jennifer Miller, and Judge John E. Jones III.

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Why "Academic Freedom" Is a Fraud

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest
Time: 
12:00am
Date: 
February 11, 2016
Location: 

Lee Drain Building 214
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville TX 77341

Barbara Forrest, coauthor with Paul R. Gross of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design (2004), 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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Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State University

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Josh Rosenau

The Impact of Darwin in Everyday Life

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
February 11, 2016
Location: 

McWain Science Center
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Birmingham AL 35294

NCSE's Josh Rosenau will speak at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's annual Darwin Day celebration. The event is free and open to the public.

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Eugenie C. Scott

Why do people reject good science?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
3:30am
Date: 
February 10, 2016
Location: 

(Room TBA)
Trinity University
San Antonio TX

 

A Darwin Day presentation at Trinity University. Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence.

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Eugenie C. Scott

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

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
February 8, 2016
Location: 

SoMaStrEatFood Park
28 11th Street
San Francisco CA 94103

 

A talk for Wonderfest in celebration of Darwin’s birthday. 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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After Kitzmiller, What's Next for Creationism?

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director
Time: 
2:30am
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: 
3:00am
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

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Time: 
9:00pm to 12:00am
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.

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Defending Science Against Denial: the Challenges of Teaching Evolution & Climate Change in a Hostile Age

Featuring: 
Steven Newton
Time: 
1:30pm
Date: 
December 19, 2015
Location: 

Public Meeting Room, Third Floor
Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch
2090 Kittredge
Berkeley CA 94704

 

A talk for East Bay Atheists. Why do 40% of the American public think dinosaurs and humans lived together? Why is the Senate's main committee on the environment headed by someone who thinks climate change is a "hoax"? Steven Newton, a professor of geology at College of Marin, and a programs and policy director at the National Center for Science Education, explores these issues and more in a talk that examines why in an age where science and technology are so critical to our lives and the economy, so many citizens flee from scientific thought, embracing instead half-baked conjectures long discarded by the scientific community. Newton will outline the scope of the problem, explain the urgency for improved scientific literacy, and offer solutions to increase the public understanding of science.

 

 

 

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The Science Denial Playbook: What Evolution, Climate Change, Vaccine Safety and Tobacco Risks All Have in Common

Featuring: 
Ann Reid, NCSE's Executive Director
Time: 
12:15pm
Date: 
December 15, 2015
Location: 

Thornton Hall 329
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132

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The talk is free and open to the public; note that a registration fee is required to attend scientific sessions, field trips, etc. at the meeting.

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