Darwin Day

Cosponsored by Willamette University
Link to The Official Darwin Day web site.

Upcoming Events

Celebrate Darwin's 200th birthday
Friday, February 13 - 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Film "Judgment Day"
followed by discussion with Willamette University faculty

Birthday cake and coffee

Willamette University
Collins Hall, Room 205
Salem, OR
Across State Street from the Oregon State Capitol Building

Cosponsored by Willamette University Department of Biology and Oregonians for Science and Reason
Driving directions - campus map


Past Events

  • February 13, 2008- Willamette University Campus - Salem, OR

    FILM: Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus A docudrama by Randy Olson
    View the trailer: www.flockofdodos.com
    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: http://www.ncseweb.org/resources/news/2006
    /ZZ/707_nationwide_screenings_of_flock_12_6_2006.asp

    This is the first feature length film to examine both sides of the controversy over the teaching of intelligent design vs. evolution in public schools.

    Panel Discussion - Willamette University faculty, including:

    • 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 of Biology
    • Frank Benford, Consultant, Applied Mathematician

  • February 7, 2007 - Oregon State University, Corvallis.
    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 University, Salem.
    "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 design."

    Videos of Darwin Day speakers (Links to Google Video):
    Dr. Steven Green

    33 min 13 sec
    Description: Legal aspects of creationist arguments.
    Dr. Brent Dalrymlpe

    17 min 17 sec
    Description: History of other Creationists trials.
    Nick Matzke

    36 min 45 sec
    Description: Overview of the Dover PA trial.
    Q & A Session

    23 min 50 sec
    Description: Q & A from the audience.


  • Saturday, February 11, 2006 - Willamette University, Salem.
    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.


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