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Let's talk about evolution



Hoping to stave off "legislative threats" to Florida's new science curriculum - particularly the sections dealing with evolution of species - the Florida Citizens for Science will have a public roundtable discussion about the issue at 7 p.m. Monday in Tallahassee. The forum will include some high-profile panelists who will "address why the so-called 'Evolution Academic Freedom Act' introduced in the state House and Senate is bad for science education in Florida and the growth of Florida's economy," the group's press release states.

The speakers include FSU chemistry professor Dr. Harold Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry, and ACLU of Pennsylvania legal director Vic Walczak, who won the landmark Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case that challenged the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.

The event, to be held at Challenger Learning Center, Digital Dome/Planetarium, 200 South Duval Street, is free and open to the public. And as for Ben Stein's showing of his documentary "Expelled," lawmakers are invited "and encouraged" to attend.

Florida Citizens for Science announced the roundtable after the "academic freedom" bill passed its final Senate committee on its way to the floor. A companion bill in the House has not received any hearings.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:39am]


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