Cosponsored by Willamette University
Link to The Official Darwin Day
Friday, February 17th -and- Saturday,
And God Said,
“Let There Be Evolution!”: Reconciling the Book of Genesis, the
Qur’an, and the Theory of Evolution
Presented by Charles M. Wynn, Ph.D.
University – Salem
February 17, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
Ford Hall is on State Street, directly in front of the Oregon State
Parking is available on the street in front of Ford Hall.
A downloadable map of Willamette University is available on the Web at:
** Portland State
University – Portland
February 18, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
Building 1, Room 107
From the north on I-5: Use the left lane on Marquam Bridge, then merge
From the south on I-5: Use the center lane approaching the city. Take
Exit 299B to I-405.
Stay right to exit 1D (Beaverton, 12th Ave.) Stay right, exit on 12th
Park in Structure 3 (on the left past Montgomery St.) Don’t park
in reserved spots.
Walk across 12th St. going east on Mill St. Science Bldg. 1 is in 2nd
block on the left.
GPS users: Science Bld. 1 is one block from Rogue Hall (below).
** Meet the Speaker
– No-Host Social
February 18, 2012 from 4:30 - 6:30 P.M.
(Pub and Eatery)
S.W. Park Ave. - Portland, OR 97201
Join our guest speaker Charles Wynn, O4SR members, CFI Portland, PSU
Physics and guests for no-host dinner, drinks and conversation before
Wynn’s talk at PSU.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Charles Wynn, Eastern Connecticut State University Professor of
Chemistry and author of "And God
Said, 'Let There Be Evolution!'," will
present two free public lectures. Wynn’s talks deal with the
continuing conflict between scientific understandings and religious
beliefs and the dangerous effects of scriptural literalism.
In a Skeptical Inquirer
(Sept/Oct 2011) article Wynn explains how
September 11, 2001 motivated his book "And
God Said, 'Let There Be
Evolution!': Reconciling the Book of Genesis, the Qur’an, and the
Theory of Evolution" (All Things That Matter Press, 2011). While
watching events unfold that day, he asked himself, “What could
inspire one group...to engage in the mass destruction of other
groups?” He realized the terrorists’ “absolute
certainty in a malignant version of a religious belief” spawned
the attacks. He decided to challenge belief in the literal truth of
scriptures which cause believers “to deny the realities of this
world.” In his book, a Christian, a Muslim and a Jewish scientist
explain how they reconcile evolution with their faith.
Wynn has published numerous technical articles about science and
science education, and has lectured on these and skeptical topics
around the world. He is a member of the Center for Inquiry Speakers
Bureau and recipient of CFI's "In the Trenches" award. His critically
acclaimed science trilogy, "The Five
Biggest Ideas in Science,"
"Quantum Leaps in the Wrong
Direction: Where Real Science Ends and
Pseudoscience Begins" and "The
Five Biggest Unsolved Problems in
Science," has been translated into 11 languages and is required
in many college courses.
And God Said,
“Let There Be Evolution!” is available in
paperback, Kindle and e-Book through AllThingsThatMatterPress.com and
Amazon.com. It will be on sale at the Willamette University bookstore.
O4SR has a limited number of copies available to O4SR members at a
special Darwin Day price of $10.
Darwin Day 2011
A Fresh Look at Intelligent Design
Dr. James Laidler Friday, February 13, 2009
Film "Judgment Day"
February 13, 2008- Willamette University
Campus - Salem, OR
Celebrate Darwin's 200th birthday followed by discussion with
Willamette University faculty
FILM: Flock of Dodos: The
Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus A docudrama by Randy Olson
View the trailer:
The film attempts to determine who the real "dodos" are in a
constantly evolving world: the scientists who are failing to promote
evolution as a scientifically accepted fact, the intelligent design
advocates, or the American public who get fooled by the salesmanship of
the Discovery Institute.
From the National Center for Science Education:
This is the first feature length film to examine both sides of the
controversy over the teaching of intelligent design vs. evolution in
Panel Discussion - Willamette University
- Steven Green, Professor of Law and
Director of the Center for the
Study of Religion, Law and Democracy
- Douglas McGaughey, Professor,
Department of Religious Studies;
Executive Secretary PNW Region of the American Academy of Religion
(AAR), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and American Schools of
Oriental Research (ASOR)
- Melinda Gormley, Historian of
Science and Professor of Science Studies
- Ben Crabtree, Professor, Department
- Frank Benford, Consultant, Applied
February 7, 2007 - Oregon State
Nicholas Matzke examined the 2005 Dover,
Pennsylvania, trial which tested whether "Intelligent Design" could be
taught alongside evolution in Dover public school biology classes. A
key question for the court to decide was whether "Intelligent Design"
is science or religion.
February 9, 2007 - Willamette
"Creationism on Trial." A panel discussion with Dr. Steven
Green, WU Director of the Center for Law and Government; Dr.
Brent Dalrymple, 2005 National Medal of Science Laureate,
scientific expert on the age of the earth, and expert witness in the
1981 court case McLean v. Arkansas which overturned a law requiring
"equal time" for creationism; and Nicholas Matzke, scientific
advisor at the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial on "intelligent
Videos of Darwin Day speakers (Links to Google
33 min 13 sec
Description: Legal aspects of
17 min 17 sec
Description: History of other
36 min 45 sec
Description: Overview of the Dover PA
& A Session
23 min 50 sec
Description: Q & A from the
Saturday, February 11, 2006 - Willamette
Willamette University Faculty discussed how they came to their views on
evolution by natural selection and how each person's views relate to
his scholarly and educational work.
Oregon high school teachers shared their
experiences teaching evolution in public schools. Educators on this
panel gave their perspectives on recent court cases and how they may
influence attitudes about teaching in public schools.