Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), will present "Science and Religion as Ways of Knowing" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Miami University's Hall Auditorium. Her talk is part of the Center for American and World Culture's fall lecture series on "Religion and Community."
Scott, a former professor of physical anthropology, has been a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over 25 years. Since 1987 she has been the executive director of the NCSE, a not-for-profit membership organization of scientists, teachers and others that works to improve the teaching of evolution and of science as a way of knowing. It opposes the advocacy of "scientific" creationism and other religious-based views in science classes.
A leading expert on explaining evolution to the general public, she is author of Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction and is co-editor of Not in Our Schools: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools. Scott also has published dozens of articles on evolution and creationism in the popular press and she is a frequent guest on television and radio broadcasts.
She has received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from the National Science Board, the American Society for Cell Biology, the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the American Humanist Association.
She has held elective offices in the American Anthropological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as the president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
Her lecture is sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) and the Honors and Scholars Faber Scholar-in-Residence program with support from many campus organizations. For more information go to www.muohio.edu/cawc or call 529-8309.
At Miami, Scott also will present a workshop, "Teaching Evolution Better," at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 in 186 Marcum Conference Center.