Monday, March 27, 2006

Evolution 101

An announcement. For what it's worth, Jack is a great guy and a great teacher. Interested parties will get a lot out of these events.

“Evolution 101” – Understanding Evolution for the Layperson

Presented by Jack Krebs – President, Kansas Citizens for Science; member, Kansas Science Standards Writing Committee; and high school educator

April 6 and April 13, 7:00 pm
The Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church
7725 W. 87th Street
Overland Park, KS

This event is part of a series of four events sponsored by Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church (SMUUCH) during April:

* April 6 “Evolution 101” – class 1, Jack Krebs
* April 13 “Evolution 101” – class 2, Jack Krebs
* April 20 “Creationism vs. Evolution: Sorting out Religion from Science”, Dr. Dick Wilson, former Biology Department Chair at Rockhurst University
* April 22 Special tour of the “Exploring Evolution” exhibit at the Kansas Museum of Natural History, Dr. Leonard Krishtalka, Director, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

All events are open to the public and admission is free.

“Evolution 101” will use the excellent website Understanding Evolution at the University of California Museum of Paleontology as a guide and resource for the course. We encourage everyone, whether you intend to attend the classes or not, to browse Evolution 101 and Understanding Evolution for Teachers.

“Evolution 101” will focus on mainstream science: in respect to the diversity of life on earth, what does the theory of evolution say has happened, why, and how do we know? Each class session will begin with a presentation, but there will be plenty of opportunity for facilitated discussion at the end of each class. In addition, KCFS will host an online discussion forum for class participants for further discussion during the periods between events.

The course will not focus on objections to evolution held by advocates of young-earth or Intelligent Design creationism, nor on the Kansas Science Standards issue. Some time will be provided at the end of each class for questions on these issues, but the main portion of each class will stay on the topic of the mainstream science of evolution.