Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Darwin Day: Cornell Answers the Challenge of ID

Lat October, Hunter Rawlings, Cornell's interim president, made a strong statement decrying "the challenge to science posed by religiously-based opposition to evolution is described in its current form as 'intelligent design.'" He added, "This controversy raises profound questions about the nature of public discourse and what we teach in universities, and it has a profound effect on public policy."

Rawlings statement seems to have had a profound effect at Cornell as evidenced by the schedule for Darwin Day:

Thursday, Feb. 9 -- "Where Do We Go From Here? The Future of Darwinism in American Society," at the Museum of the Earth, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. This panel discussion, moderated by Cornell Provost Biddy Martin, will examine the impact of the recent Dover decision on the future of Darwinism. Panelists include Cornell faculty members Barbara Crawford, Sheila Ann Dean, Bruce Lewenstein, and Steven Shiffrin; and Janet Shortall, associate director of Cornell United Religious Works. Seating is limited, call (607) 273-6623, extension 33 for tickets.

Friday, Feb. 10 -- "Evolutionary Biology: Present and Future," Uris Hall Auditorium, Cornell campus, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Moderated by Stephen Kresovich, vice provost for life sciences with Cornell faculty members Richard Harrison, Amy McCune, Kern Reeve, Steve Tanksley and Mariana Wolfner.

Friday, Feb. 10 -- "Inherit the Wind" (1960) Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Harry Morgan, Claude Akins and Norman Fell star in this classic film based on the 1925 Scopes monkey trial, a case about a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. Warren Hall Auditorium, Cornell campus. 7 p.m - 9p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11 -- "Evolution and Creationism: An Educator's Guide to Evolution," Ray VanHoutte Classroom, Museum of the Earth, Noon-1 p.m. PRI director Warren Allmon will present the Natural History at Noon lecture.

Saturday, Feb. 11 -- Darwin-related family activities that will engage visitors through games and demonstrations, utilizing museum exhibits and live specimens, including snakes courtesy of the Cayuga Nature Center. Museum of the Earth, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12 -- Special advance screening of the new film, "Flock of Dodos: the Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus," (2006) Filmmaker and biologist Randy Olson's new documentary probes the great communication struggle between evolution and intelligent design being waged in today's mainstream media. Olson will introduce the film and hold a discussion after the showing in David L. Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, Cornell campus, 7-9 p.m. Free.

Monday, Feb. 13 -- "Evolution -- Why Bother?" a feature film made by the National Association of Biology Teachers. Panel discussion with Ithaca College faculty follows the film. Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall, Ithaca College. 3 p.m.-5 p.m.


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