Allmon at EVoS

Clear your calendars!

Next week Professor Warren Douglas Allmon will be traveling down scenic Route 96 from Ithaca to talk about creationism.

Allmon’s talk, “Creationism in 2013: Not in the Headlines but Never Far Away,” will be on Monday, November 18, at 5:00 in room AG008 on the beautiful campus of Binghamton University in sunny Binghamton, NY.  The talk will be free and open to the public; no registration is required.

It will be part of the continuing series of Monday seminar talks hosted by the Evolutionary Studies program here on campus.

Allmon is the Hunter R. Rawlings III Professor of Paleontology at Cornell.  He also runs Ithaca’s Museum of the Earth.

I’m excited to hear what Professor Allmon has to say.  A couple years back, Allmon argued in the pages of Evolution: Education and Outreach that evolution educators must begin by understanding the reasons for resistance, not just riding roughshod over it.  As he put it,

This multiplicity of causes [for rejecting evolution] is not sufficiently appreciated by many scientists, educators, and journalists, and the widespread rejection of evolution is a much more complicated problem than many of these front-line practitioners think it is.

Hear hear!  If you want to hear what Allmon has to say, come on down.  Hope to see you there.

It’s Your Own Fault

It’s your own fault if you’re bored this fall.

Binghamton University is hosting some events that will certainly be of interest to all ILYBYGTH readers.

For those in the area, there will be some great ways to think and discuss the possible meanings of American educational conservatism.

I’ll keep the list updated, but so far there are three talks of note.  All of them are free and open to the public.

1.) September 11, noon-1:30, IASH conference room, Library North 1106: Adam Laats, “‘Democracy’ and American Education, 1930-1960.”

Yours truly will be presenting some ideas from my current book about American educational conservatism in the twentieth century.  Specifically, I’ll be talking about the ways conservative activists in groups such as the American Legion framed “democracy” in strikingly different ways than did progressive educational thinkers such as John Dewey.  The talk will be part of the series of faculty fellows’ talks at Binghamton’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

2.) September 24, 5-6:15, specific topic TBA: Mario Rios Perez.

I’m not sure what he’ll be talking about, but Professor Perez (of Syracuse University) has done some great work with the history of schooling in Chicago.

3.) November 18, 5:00: Warren Douglas Allmon, “Creationism in 2013: Not in the Headlines but Never Far Away.”

Professor Allmon will be talking as part of the EVoS series of Monday seminars.  He is a paleontologist at Cornell, our neighbor to the north.  When I heard he was coming to our friendly campus, I looked up his sort-of recent article about the culture of creationism in Evolution: Education and Outreach.  In that article, Professor Allmon makes the powerful point that resistance to evolution is about more than just the knee-jerk “religion vs. science” clichés that we hear so often.  He argues that Americans’ resistance to evolution comes from five distinct categories.  As Allmon argues, “this multiplicity of causes is not sufficiently appreciated by many scientists, educators, and journalists, and the widespread rejection of evolution is a much more complicated problem than many of these front-line practitioners think it is.”

Hear hear!  Can’t wait to hear his talk in November.

Hope to see you there…