NCSE Past Events
Macbride Auditorium (Macbride Hall)
University of Iowa
Iowa City IA 52242
Ann Reid will be speaking at Iowa City Darwin Day; her talk is free and open to the public.
Albany Community Center
1249 Marin Avenue
Albany CA 94706
Minda Berbeco, enthusiastic scientist and staff member of the National Center for Science Education, will be speaking about the challenges when evolution and climate change denials leak into the classroom, and what NCSE and we can do to help science educators nationally. Before coming to NCSE, Minda was a post-doctoral scholar at UC Davis conducting research studies on climate change and agriculture. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. The event is open to the public; $10 at the door.
Kol Hadash's Darwin Day Program
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Fallout from Dover: The Effect on State Science Standards Adoption, and the Rise of Academic Freedom Laws
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.
Paid registration is necessary to attend the meeting.
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.
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).
Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State 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.
The talk is free and open to the public.
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.
The talk is free and open to the public.
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.
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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.
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.