NCSE Past Events
Defending Science Against Denial: the Challenges of Teaching Evolution & Climate Change in a Hostile Age
Public Meeting Room, Third Floor
Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch
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.
The Science Denial Playbook: What Evolution, Climate Change, Vaccine Safety and Tobacco Risks All Have in Common
Thornton Hall 329
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132
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.
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.
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.
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.
The talk is free and open to the public.
Silicon Valley Skeptics Meetup page (please RSVP)
Room 119, Peterson Hall, Lower Level
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.
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
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
sponsored by the
Bay Area Skeptics
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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.
Visit the Climate One website.
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."
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.
Visit the ACLU of Pennsylvania's website.
DeMeester Recital Hall
York PA 17403-3651
What if the judge in Kitzmiller had ruled that ID was legal to teach? Very little would change in the science community where ID repeatedly has been shown to lack scientific merit. But the politicization of education and science would have increased exponentially.
Eugenie C. Scott and Kenneth R. Miller will explore the legal, political, scientific, and educational implications of the trial and its aftermath.
The event is free and open to the public.