BALTIMORE–The controversy surrounding the teaching of "intelligent design" in American public schools has garnered a great deal of recent attention in scientific journals, professional and educational societies, and the news media. The social forces driving the issue, however, are hardly new.

On Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in Goucher College´s Kelley Lecture Hall, Eugenie Scott will present "The Evolution of Creationism," a free, public lecture that traces the history of creationism, intelligent design, and public education, from the Scopes trial through the recent court decision in Dover, PA.

Her discussion will cover the scientific evidence supporting evolution, the legal and educational rationale for teaching it as science, religious points of view, and predictions for the future of the intelligent design debate.

A former university professor, Eugenie Scott earned her Ph.D. in biological anthropology at the University of Missouri. Since 1987, she has served as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), a nonprofit organization providing information and resources for schools, parents, and concerned citizens working to keep evolution in public-school science education. A national proponent of church-state separation, Scott serves on the National Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Scott has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism-evolution controversy for more than 20 years and can address many of its components, including the educational, legal, scientific, religious, and social issues. She has served as a consultant to the National Academy of Sciences and several state departments of education. 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, the Geological Society of America, and the American Humanist Association.

She is also the author of Creationism vs. Evolution: An Introduction, and the co-editor of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for our Schools.

Scott´s Goucher appearance is supported by the Samuel Newton Taylor Lecture Endowment, the Department of Biology, and the Department of Physics.

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Goucher College is an independent, coeducational institution dedicated to the interdisciplinary traditions of the liberal arts and a broad international perspective on education. The first college in the nation to pair required study abroad with a special travel stipend for every undergraduate, Goucher believes in complementing its strong majors and rigorous curriculum with abundant opportunities for hands-on experience in the world. Through internships, community service, and study abroad–´and a first-rate arts and sciences academic program–´Goucher teaches its students to engage the world as true global citizens.

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