Speaker, workshop offer discussion of teaching evolution

Dr. Barbara Forrest, a leading expert on the intelligent design movement, will speak at SMU Nov. 11 on “Why Texans Shouldn’t Let Creationists Mess With Science Education.”

Forrest’s free lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. It follows an afternoon workshop presented by SMU faculty for Dallas-area teachers, “Teaching Evolution in Texas Schools,” 1-5:30 p.m. on the lower level of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Teachers are eligible to earn continuing education credit through participation.

Forrest is co-author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design. She served as an expert witness in the 2005 landmark federal legal battle over intelligent design, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District.

Both the lecture and workshop are sponsored by SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Center for Teaching Excellence, and departments of Anthropology, Biology and Philosophy within Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Forrest’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.

Registration for the teacher workshop is available online. Register online for Dr. Forrest’s lecture; seating is limited.

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