Part 2 of these presentations can be found here.

On February 11, 2021, Shippensburg University hosted its 13th annual Darwin Day event, in honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday.

The event was originally developed by Dr. Joseph Shane, Professor of Chemistry and Science Education. Why now? In 2005, there was a court case that was tried in Federal Court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, centered on Dover high school. There, a group of school board members passed through the school board a statement that was read to the freshman biology classes at Dover questioning the veracity of biological evolution, and suggesting that students learn about another alternative so called theory, intelligent design. This was the latest and highest profile in a series of court cases throughout the United States history, going back to the Scopes “Monkey Trial” in 1925. This led Dr. Shane to hold his first forum on science and religion; speakers have included the judge from the decision, and two of the teachers from Dover High School.

This year, led by Briana Pobiner, a group of Sinai and Synapses Fellows “took over” the event, offering their personal stories on how they have experienced the conflict between science and religion in their lives, with a particular eye toward reaching new audiences and educating a potentially reluctant public. If you haven’t met them already, these videos offer an excellent introduction to the Fellows and what inspired them to bridge the divide between the worlds of religion and science.

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Dr. Amanda Glaze-Crampes

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Mark Bloom

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John Van Sloten

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