NCSE Past Events

Eugenie C. Scott

Why Dobzhansky Was Right

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
8:45am
Date: 
April 22, 2017
Location: 

Mayer Theater
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara CA 95053

The famous geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky once wrote, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution,” and modern biologists agree. By “making sense,” Dobzhansky meant to explain why things are like they are rather than some other way. That living things have descended with modification from common ancestors is the key to understanding virtually every area in biology from biochemistry, to cell biology, to organismic biology, to population biology, to ecology. Evolution is the glue that holds biology together as a coherent science, making, in Dobzhansky’s words, a “meaningful picture as a whole.”

The keynote lecture for the 42nd annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference. Registration is necessary.

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Banning, Balancing, Belittling: A Brief History of Antievolution Efforts

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director
Time: 
2:00pm
Date: 
February 12, 2017
Location: 

Samena Swim & Recreation Club
15231 Lake Hills Blvd.
Bellevue WA 98007

How have antievolutionist stategies evolved in the ninety-plus years since the Scopes trial, and can Glenn Branch manage to relate the history in fifteen minutes? A talk for Seattle Atheists' Darwin Day event, taking place from noon to 3:00 p.m.

 

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Eugenie C. Scott

Teaching Evolution and Avoiding the Minefields

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
TBA
Date: 
February 11, 2017
Location: 

Tyler Junior College
1411 E. Lake St.
Tyler TX 75701

More than 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin, the teaching of evolution in the United States still poses challenges for many teachers, though his views of evolution through natural selection remain well accepted in the scientific community. To be scientifically literate, students must understand the principles of evolution, full stop. Teachers therefore must be responsible to their profession, and ensure that evolution is taught. How to do this while minimizing potential problems? The answer has to do with both what and how evolution is taught.

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A talk for Tyler Junior College's Darwin Day Teachers' Workshop.

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Eugenie C. Scott

What Would Darwin Say to Today’s Creationists?

Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
February 10, 2017
Location: 

University Center Theater
University of Texas, Tyler
3000 University Blvd.
Tyler TX 75799

Many elements of the modern American creationist movement would be familiar to Darwin, especially the argument from design, which of course was very well known (and well-regarded) by educated people of his time. Young-earth creationism, on the other hand, would be puzzling to him; Bishop Ussher’s 4004 BC age of the Earth was not considered mainstream Christian theology in the late 19th century, though certainly the view had its adherents among some clergy. Darwin might have heard of the “scriptural geologists” who promoted a young-Earth view during the 19th century, but like other scientists of his time, he would have ignored them. The current creationist strategy of disclaiming evolution as weak science would have seemed more familiar to him, given the criticisms of evolution he encountered during his own time.

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The keynote lecture at the University of Texas, Tyler's Darwin Day event. The talk is free and open to the public.

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Eugenie C. Scott

“Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution” – True or False?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 9, 2017
Location: 

CESSE
Tyler Junior College
1411 E. Lake St.
Tyler TX 75701

Famed geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky wrote in 1973, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution,” a phrase which has become an aphorism among scientists. But is it really true? The answer depends on your understanding of “making sense.”

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A talk for Tyler Junior College's Center for Earth & Space Science Education's Public Science Lecture Series. The talk is free and open to the public.

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Ann Reid

Science Class is for Science, Right? Think Again

Featuring: 
Ann Reid, NCSE's Executive Director
Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
January 26, 2017
Location: 

North Lawn Auditorium
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa AL 35487

A talk of the ALLELE seminar series at the University of Alabama.

The American science classroom is not always a neutral zone. Millions of students are at risk of being miseducated on the critical topics of evolution and climate change because these areas of science have been relentlessly misrepresented as scientifically controversial or unsettled. The drumbeat of doubt and confusion, unfortunately, echoes in our classrooms, where evolution and climate change are too often getting short shrift. Ann Reid will discuss why so many teachers are reluctant to teach these topics, and what can be done to give them the confidence and support they need to teach evolution and climate change honestly, accurately, and completely.
 

 

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Eugenie C. Scott

Creationism’s New Lease on Life

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
4:15pm
Date: 
January 15, 2017
Location: 

Hyatt Concourse Hotel
6225 W Century Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90045

Though the intelligent design movement appears to have faded considerably after the federal district court case Kitzmiller v. Dover, traditional young-earth creationism continues to attract adherents. With the opening of the new Ark Encounter by Answers in Genesis in northern Kentucky, plus expected enthusiasm generated by the appointments being made at the federal level by the incoming administration, we should be prepared for an upsurge in local antievolutionist activism.

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A presentation at LogiCalLA. Tickets start at $95 (for Sunday, January 15, lectures only).

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Eugenie C. Scott

Sins of Evolution Education

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
5:00pm
Date: 
October 29, 2016
Location: 

Excalibur Hotel & Resort
3850 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas NV 89109

A talk for CSICON, the conference of the Center for Inquiry. 

How evolution is taught and what is taught can lead the public to misunderstand both science and evolution. Eugenie C. Scott will explain why she does not believe in evolution, that fish did not evolve into amphibians, why evolution is like Monopoly, and conclude with "why Dobzhansky was right."

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Ann Reid

It's time for science class! What are our children learning?

Featuring: 
Ann Reid, NCSE's Executive Director
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
October 25, 2016
Location: 

Grand America Hotel
555 Main St.
Salt Lake City UT 84101

The American science classroom is not always a neutral zone. Millions of students are at risk of being miseducated on the critical topics of evolution and climate change because these areas of science have been relentlessly misrepresented as scientifically controversial or unsettled. The drumbeat of doubt and confusion, unfortunately, echoes in our classrooms, where evolution and climate change are too often getting short shrift. Ann Reid will discuss why so many teachers are reluctant to teach these topics, and what can be done to give them the confidence and support they need to teach evolution and climate change honestly, accurately, and completely. 

A public lecture for the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

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Josh Rosenau

A talk about evolution, evolution education, and threats to evolution education

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau
Time: 
11:00am
Eastern Time
Date: 
September 11, 2016
Location: 

890 Church Street
Mountain View CA 94041
 

NCSE's Josh Rosenau will speak to Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley.

From a brand-new Noah's Ark theme park in Kentucky, to state legislatures and public school classrooms, evolution is under attack across the country. Yet the science of evolution is stronger than ever, central to science education, guiding innovations in medicine and throughout the economy, and offers ever-clearer answers to central questions about who we are as a society and a species. What can we do to move society past the 90-year-old battle between evolution and creationism and learn to celebrate this grand idea?

The event is free and open to the public; child care is available.

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