Panel Discussion: Teaching and Learning Evolution in the Southeastern U.S.
Q?rius Theater

 Human Family Tree

Smithsonian Institution

FREE ticketed event

Laboring for Science, Laboring for Souls: Obstacles and Approaches to Teaching and Learning Evolution in the Southeastern United States (Panel Discussion)

Evolution is a topic that can stir up a great deal of emotion in the United States. The Southeastern region represents a pocket within the country where a perceived tension between religious worldviews and science is highly visible and contentious. One area where we see this manifest is in teaching and learning evolution across academic levels, where it is sometimes seen as taboo and a topic not to be broached. Pre-service and in-service teachers represent a front line of sorts when it comes to navigating scientific worldviews and connecting the public with science. Lived experiences and research into the acceptance of evolution among these teacher groups provides a framework to understanding the true complexity of the conversation.

A presentation by Dr. Amanda Glaze of Georgia Southern University will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Connie Bertka, Science and Society Resources, and featuring Mr. Fred Edwords, American Humanist Association, Dr. Nancy Howell, Saint Paul School of Theology, and Dr. Randall Isaac, American Scientific Affiliation.

Accessibility Information

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Assistive Listening SystemsThe Q?rius Theater contains an induction loop.

Assisted listening devices are also available in the Q?rius Theater.


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Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Ground Floor, National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20013-7012
United States

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