Note - this is an Archival Page.
For information on the 2002 Darwin Week schedule, see:
Week in Charleston!
12 - 17, 2001
|Mon., Feb. 12
||12:00 - 1:00 p
|Dr. Jerry Waldvogel, Clemson.
"The Changing Role of Science in a Modern College Education"
||5:00 - 6:00 pm
"Teaching evolution in a climate of controversy."
||7:00 - 8:30 pm
When God comes to Science Class...
What's a teacher to do?
|Tues., Feb. 13
||4:00 - 5:30 pm
||Dr. Mitchell Colgan, Geology.
"Darwin and the Voyage of Discovery"
|Wed., Feb 14
||4:00 - 5:15 pm
||Dr. Dana Cope, Anthropology.
"The Descent of Man: Darwin & Human evolution"
||6:00 - 7:30 pm
||Dr. Jaap Hillenius, Biology.
"Neither here nor there - Evolutionary transitions
in the fossil record."
|Thurs, Feb 15
||4:00 - 5:30 pm
||Dr. Jim Carew, Geology.
"Evolution & Creation Science, Fact & Fiction"
|Fri., Feb. 16
||3:30 - 5:00 pm
||Darwin Documents at the...
Karpeles Manuscript Museum
|Sat., Feb 17
||9:00 - 12:00 n
Middle & High School Students: Want to win $50?
Help us celebrate Charles Darwin Week by submitting
cartoons, portraits, sketches, etc. of Charles Darwin.
Size limited to 8.5 x 11 inches.
All entries must be received by Thursday, February 8.
Mail to: Lowcountry Hall of Science & Math
66 George St, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424
Monday, February 12, 12:00 - 1:00 pm. The Citadel,
Regimental Commander's Riverview Room. Dr. Jerry Waldvogel, Department
of Biology Instruction, Clemson University. "An Evolutionary Perspective
on the Changing Role of Science in a Modern College Education."
Dr. Waldvogel will use evolution as an example of the importance of why
any well-educated person needs to understand the process of scientific
reasoning with its implications for scientific, medical and technological
problems, social and political issues, and the like. I will
also play on the double entendre of how college education has changed over
the years to reflect new a understanding of the world and our role within
it. I will make the emphasis be on the importance of critical thinking
for each individual, and how science (especially evolution) is a
good example of this particular way of thought. Lunch with the speaker
to follow. Contact Dr.
Saul Adelman 953-6943.
Monday, February 12, 5:00 - 6:00 pm. College of
Charleston Science Center Room 123. Dr. Jerry Waldvogel, Department
of Biology Instruction, Clemson University. “Teaching Evolution
in a Climate of Controversy.” Despite overwhelming scientific
evidence for both the pattern and process of a long history of change on
Earth, teaching about biological evolution in public schools (even state-supported
colleges and universities) remains a controversial topic. Influential
political, social and religious groups continually mount well-organized
attacks on evolution’s central place in modern science curricula, all in
the name of intellectual fairness and/or equal time for alternative, non-scientific
explanations about the origin and diversity of life. The recent decision
by the Kansas state school board to make evolution “optional” in high school
biology courses is but one well-publicized example of how the public misperceives
science, and then imposes regulations on the science education community
that are clearly not in the best interests of students. Some argue
that the sometimes combative tone of scientists in such debates also fuels
a growing belief that evolutionists are not sufficiently open-minded regarding
Darwin’s “species question”. This talk will provide a brief history
of the anti-evolution movement in America, describe currently popular arguments
used by students and others against evolution, and offer some practical
suggestions for non-traditional ways to teach about evolutionary theory
in the college classroom.
Monday, February 12, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. College
of Charleston Education Center 118. Birthday
Party for Charles Darwin! Followed by Panel Discussion:
God Comes to Science Class...What's a teacher to do? A firm understanding
of evolutionary science is fundamental to the modern curriculum.
But in the minds of many students, parents, and the community at large,
the subject of human origins is intimately connected to religious faith.
Should the classroom teacher directly address the contradiction that many
students feel between scientific and religious world views, or simply pray
that it doesn't come up? And what if it does? Join Dr. Waldvogel
for a panel discussion of this thorny dilemma. Moderating the discussion
will be Charles Darwin himself, back to celebrate his 192nd birthday.
Dinner with speaker afterward, contact Rob
Tuesday, February 13, 4:00 - 5:30 PM.
College of Charleston Science Center, Room 112 (Note room change.)
Dr. Mitch Colgan, Department of Geology. Darwin and the Voyage
of Discovery. The lecture will discuss the Darwin's early life
and beliefs and how his visit to the Galapagos Islands altered his perception
of the world. Most of the lecture will focus on the Galapagos Islands
and the observations that lead Darwin to write "Hence, both in space
and time, we seem to be brought somewhat near to that great fact that mystery
of mysteries the first appearance of new beings on this earth."
Wednesday, February 14, 4:00—5:15 PM. College
of Charleston Science Center, Room 112(Note
room change). Dr. Dana Cope, Anthropology and Sociology Department.
“The Descent of Man”: Darwin and Human Evolution. Dr.
Cope reviews Darwin's ideas based on a fossil record that did not exist
at the time. He will also explore evidence for human evolution with
an emphasis on the "ape"/human transition.
Wednesday, February 14, 6:00—7:30 PM. College
of Charleston Science Center, Room 112 (Note room change).
Dr. Jaap Hillenius, Biology Department. “Neither here nor there
- evolutionary transitions in the fossil record” The vertebrate
fossil record provides a dramatic display of evolutionary transformation.
For example, over time changes in tooth shapes can be seen, limb proportions
are modified, the fins of certain fishes become limbs. This lecture
will highlight some of these changes, and discuss some of the principles
that appear to be involved. Several transitional fossils will
be discussed; particular attention will be given to the ancestry of mammals.
Thursday, February 15, 4:00—5:30 PM. College
of Charleston Science Center, Room 123 Dr. Jim Carew, Geology Department.
and Creation Science, Fact and Fiction.” Evolution provides a
meaningful context in which to view the fossil record and the existing
life forms on Earth. Join Dr. Carew as he opens discussion on the
legitimacy of the notions of “Evolutionist,” “Creationist” and “Creation
Friday, February 16, 3:30—5:00 PM. Trip to the
Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring Street, Charleston. Free Admission.
The Karpeles Library's Darwin Archive preserves letters, manuscripts, documents
and publications discussing every aspect of his Theory of Evolution in
detail, a major manuscript of Alfred Russell Wallace, and primary editions
on evolution by Erasmus Darwin and other influential early thinkers on
the subject. Van leaves from the Science Center Loading Dock.
Happy Hour to follow.
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