NCSE Past Events

After Kitzmiller, What's Next for Creationism?

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director
Time: 
2:30am
Date: 
February 6, 2016
Location: 

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.Darwin on the Palouse 2016 poster

 

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Untangling the Bank: How Evolution Misconceptions Sow the Seeds of Doubt and Denial

Featuring: 
Stephanie Keep
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
February 3, 2016
Location: 

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.

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Winterfest

Featuring: 
Time: 
9:00pm to 12:00am
Date: 
January 24, 2016
Location: 

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.

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Defending Science Against Denial: the Challenges of Teaching Evolution & Climate Change in a Hostile Age

Featuring: 
Steven Newton
Time: 
1:30pm
Date: 
December 19, 2015
Location: 

Public Meeting Room, Third Floor
Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch
2090 Kittredge
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.

 

 

 

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The Science Denial Playbook: What Evolution, Climate Change, Vaccine Safety and Tobacco Risks All Have in Common

Featuring: 
Ann Reid, NCSE's Executive Director
Time: 
12:15pm
Date: 
December 15, 2015
Location: 

Thornton Hall 329
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132

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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.

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Dig Deeper into Biology with Making North America

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco and Stephanie Keep
Time: 
3:00am
Eastern
Date: 
December 8, 2015
Location: 

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. 

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Emily Schoerning

IEREA Annual Conference

Featuring: 
Emily Schoerning
Time: 
9:45pm
Date: 
December 4, 2015
Location: 

Ferguson Center
ACT Campus
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.

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Eugenie C. Scott

What if “Intelligent Design” Had Won? Reflecting on 10 Years Since Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
2:30am
Date: 
December 4, 2015
Location: 

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.

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The talk is free and open to the public.

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Silicon Valley Skeptics Meetup page (please RSVP)

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Emily Schoerning

Cedar Rapids Science Booster Club Project Inaugural Meeting

Featuring: 
Emily Schoerning
Time: 
8:00pm
Date: 
December 3, 2015
Location: 

Room 119, Peterson Hall, Lower Level
Coe College
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.

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Gems from the Quote Mines

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director
Time: 
3:30am
Date: 
November 12, 2015
Location: 

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California

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
SkepTalks
sponsored by the
Bay Area Skeptics

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