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Amy Monsky
Feb 2 2015
Darwin Week at College of Charleston

The following e-mail announcement was sent by Amy Monsky to the SHL News and Updates mailing list:

Everybody is invited to the 15th annual celebration of Darwin Week in Charleston, Feb 7 – 12

Noted behavioral biologist Lee Dugatkin will speak on the evolution of

goodness, astronomer Jon Hakkila will describe the biggest thing

in the universe, neuroscientist John Hildebrand will explore learning in

insects, and artist Emily Willoughby will illustrate the evolution of

birds.  Check out the entire power-packed schedule! 

The Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry will once again be sponsoring an event for kids that is part of Piccolo Darwin Week and the Charleston STEM Festival at Brittlebank Park on Saturday, 2/7 from 10am-3pm.  We're making fun necklaces that trace the story of our existence starting with the Big Bang, so bring your kids out for a fun day!  Also, if you're interested in volunteering at our both for a couple of hours, we'd love to have you. Please contact me at 

The theme of Darwin Week this year is “Teaching the Controversy.” 

From the fall of 2013 through most of 2014, the agencies responsible

for developing the science curriculum of South Carolina were deadlocked

over High School Standard H.B.5,

Biological Evolution.  Do controversies of this sort originate from a

legitimate scientific challenge to modern evolutionary theory?  Or do

they arise from political ideologies or competing religious convictions?

And what place should “teaching the controversy”

have in the public school science curriculum?  Join us in the fellowship

hall at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church Sunday evening, Feb 8,

for a panel discussion to address these thorny questions.  Panelists

will include former chairman of the North Cobb HS

Science Department (and hero of the 2002-06 disclaimer sticker

controversy) Dr. Wes McCoy, theologian of science Dr. Anna Case-Winters,

and former state superintendent of education Dr. Mick Zais.


So we'll look forward to seeing you all at Darwin Week 2015!

Amy Monsky and Rob Dillon



Dr. Robert T. Dillon, Jr.

Department of Biology, College of Charleston

Charleston, SC  29424


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