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Why Texans Shouldn't Let Creationists Mess With Science Education

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest, PhD
Dr. Barbara Forrest
Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
November 11, 2008
Location: 
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX






Texas Freedom NetworkBarbara Forrest, coauthor of Creationism's Trojan Horse, key expert witness in Kitzmiller v. Dover, and member of NCSE's board of directors, is one of the world's foremost experts on "intelligent design" and creationist attempts to undermine the teaching of evolution. Her evening presentation, sponsored by the Texas Freedom Network, will serve as a warning to Texas!

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Contact: Val Benavidez by email or phone at 512.322.0545
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Florida’s Academic Freedom Bills: Creationism du jour?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Florida Baptist Witness
Time: 
3:30am
Date: 
November 3, 2008
Location: 
Harris Corporation Engineering Center 125
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida


During the 2008 legislative session, the Florida Assembly and Senate contemplated bills regarding the teaching of evolution. Evolution was to be “critically analyzed”, or the “full range of scientific views of origins” was to be taught. Like everything else, these bills have a history – and that history shows that bills of this sort are the current manifestations of the old creationism and evolution controversy that has dogged science education for over 100 years.

This presentation is part of UCF's Darwin Distinguished Lecture Series

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Genie's Top 10 Ways to Teach Evolution Better

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Time: 
11:00pm
Date: 
November 3, 2008
Location: 
209 Biology
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida


A lighthearted if serious presentation for faculty, teachers, and students of ideas about teaching evolution that may help to avoid or at least head off misconceptions. Dr. Scott will reiterate her lack of belief in evolution, explain why fish did not evolve into amphibians then evolve into reptiles and then evolve into mammals, explain why evolution is like Monopoly, and conclude with "why Dobzhansky was right”.

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Genie's Top 10 Ways to Teach Evolution Better

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Time: 
3:00pm
Date: 
November 3, 2008
Location: 
209 Biology
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida


A lighthearted if serious presentation for faculty, teachers, and students of ideas about teaching evolution that may help to avoid or at least head off misconceptions. Dr. Scott will reiterate her lack of belief in evolution, explain why fish did not evolve into amphibians then evolve into reptiles and then evolve into mammals, explain why evolution is like Monopoly, and conclude with "why Dobzhansky was right”.

For more information: 

Florida’s Academic Freedom Bills: Creationism du jour?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Florida Baptist Witness
Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
November 3, 2008
Location: 
Harris Corporation Engineering Center 125
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida


During the 2008 legislative session, the Florida Assembly and Senate contemplated bills regarding the teaching of evolution. Evolution was to be “critically analyzed”, or the “full range of scientific views of origins” was to be taught. Like everything else, these bills have a history – and that history shows that bills of this sort are the current manifestations of the old creationism and evolution controversy that has dogged science education for over 100 years.

This presentation is part of UCF's Darwin Distinguished Lecture Series

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Evolutionary science, God, and ethics: Who believes and why?

Featuring: 
Brian Alters
Time: 
12:00am
Date: 
October 31, 2008
Location: 
Redpath Museum Auditorium
McGill University
859 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Half of North Americans don't believe in human evolution. Typically, they believe instead that a supreme being created humankind. On the other hand, 99.9% of scientists accept the theory of evolution. Could the scientists, teachers and textbooks really have it all wrong? The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and a screening of the A&E Biography program Charles Darwin: Evolution's Voice (2005). A professor of education at McGill University, Alters is a member of NCSE's board of directors.

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Teaching Evolution in the 21st Century

Featuring: 
Louise S. Mead, PhD
Classroom
Time: 
8:00pm
Date: 
October 31, 2008
Location: 
McEnery Convention Center
150 W. San Carlos St.
San Jose, CA

Interested in updating your evolution lectures? Pressured to address religiously-based "alternatives" to the theory of evolution? Come check out evolution education in the 21st century. A session at the 2008 California Science Education Conference.
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Evolutionary science, God, and ethics: Who believes and why?

Featuring: 
Brian Alters
Time: 
4:00pm
Date: 
October 31, 2008
Location: 
Redpath Museum Auditorium
McGill University
859 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Half of North Americans don't believe in human evolution. Typically, they believe instead that a supreme being created humankind. On the other hand, 99.9% of scientists accept the theory of evolution. Could the scientists, teachers and textbooks really have it all wrong? The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and a screening of the A&E Biography program Charles Darwin: Evolution's Voice (2005). A professor of education at McGill University, Alters is a member of NCSE's board of directors.

For more information: 

Teaching Evolution in the 21st Century

Featuring: 
Louise S. Mead, PhD
Classroom
Time: 
12:00pm
Date: 
October 31, 2008
Location: 
McEnery Convention Center
150 W. San Carlos St.
San Jose, CA

Interested in updating your evolution lectures? Pressured to address religiously-based "alternatives" to the theory of evolution? Come check out evolution education in the 21st century. A session at the 2008 California Science Education Conference.
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Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington
Time: 
2:00am
Date: 
October 27, 2008
Location: 
Hitchcock Hall, room 132 University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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.
For more information: 
Contact: RSVP to Kristy Brady, 206-685-2185 More information at the University of Washington Biology Department.

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