NCSE Past Events
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."
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.
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.
2133 University Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704
We hear in the news about controversies around teaching climate change across the country. What are these controversies about? Who is leading the charge against teaching climate change? What are students actually learning? In this talk, Minda Berbeco from the National Center for Science Education will talk about the challenges teachers face across the nation covering this topic: from concerns about depressing or disillusioning students to attempts by school boards to actually keep the information out of public schools. We'll talk about what is being done to ensure the next generation knows about climate change and how it will effect them for years to come.
A talk for East Bay Atheists. Admission is $6.
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco CA 94102
What are children learning about climate change in the US? How has their understanding changed over the years and how can we do better to support them on what is to come? In this talk, Minda Berbeco from the National Center for Science Education will talk about the challenges teachers face across the nation covering this topic: from concerns about depressing or disillusioning students, to attempts by school boards to actually keep the information out of public schools. We'll talk about what is being done to ensure the next generation knows about climate change and how it will affect them for years to come. Admission is free and open to the public.
Montgomery County Executive Office Building auditorium
101 Monroe Street
Rockville MD 20850
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. A talk for Washington Area Secular Humanists.
Visit WASH's Meetup page for the event
Chevy Chase Library
8005 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Scientists overwhelmingly agree about the occurrence, causes, and consequences of climate change. But the public is not so sure. And science education is suffering as a result. Reviewing recent controversies over the place of climate science in state science standards and summarizing the results of a recent rigorous national survey of science teachers, Glenn Branch from the National Center for Science Education will explain how doubt and denial about climate change are affecting science education.
A presentation for National Capital Area Skeptics.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Twenty-two lucky members will raft the Grand Canyon from Marble Canyon to Diamond Creek, experiencing one of the most beautiful and majestic natural features on the planet.
Of course, as NCSE's Josh Rosenau will inform the rafters, the whole Colorado plateau was laid down by the receding waters of Noah's Flood about 4,327 years ago, and the Grand Canyon itself was gouged catastrophically in a matter of days. Geologist Steven Newton will present the standard geological history of Grand Canyon to the rafters — and "they can make up their own minds."
NCSE's "Creation/Evolution Grand Canyon Raft Trip" is a wonderful way to learn about the creationism/evolution controversy in a fabulous natural setting.
555 Post Street
San Francisco CA 94102
NCSE's Minda Berbeco, along with Ryan Condesa, Student Activist, and Alex Zwissler, Principal, Einstellung Labs; Board Member, Cool the Earth, will participate in "Learning Green," part of Earth Day with Climate One.
"In our first conversation, we will discuss how doctors, teachers and parents are framing climate change as a children’s issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement saying children’s health will be disproportionately affected by climate. The California Parent-Teacher Association is raising its voice about carbon risk and the Boy Scouts are teaching kids about sustainability. We’ll explore how educators and students are increasingly making climate a youth issue."
Also during the Earth Day event: a conversation about "the hot prospects for building a climate conscious career," a performance by the eco-rapper John Romankiewicz, and the opportunity for students to apply for a scholarship to join the Students on Ice expedition to the Arctic circle.
Tickets are $20.00, $12.00 for Climate One members, $7.00 for students.
The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Gordon Dining Hall and Events Center
770 W. Dayton St.
Madison WI 53715
A talk for the Wisconsin Freethought Festival.
In 2005, the federal court decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover determined that "intelligent design" was a form of creationism, and thus unconstitutional to advocate in public schools. This decision essentially stopped efforts to get "intelligent design" taught in public schools, but what if the decision had gone the other way? Dr. Scott and the National Center for Science Education were part of the plaintiff’s legal team. She will explain what it was like to participate in this momentous trial, and the legal, political, scientific, and educational fallout of the decision.
The talk is free and open to the public.