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Adams Center Explores Intelligent Design

September 17, 2007 

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – The Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna University will present a series of two programs relating to the decision in Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District, an action brought in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania challenging the school district's decision to teach intelligent design theory. The first, Intelligent Design Theory: You're Going to Teach It Where?, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 27, in Stretansky Concert Hall of the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. The second, Defining Judicial Independence and Accountability in the Context of Controversial Cases, will be held in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 25. Both events are free and open to the public.

The September 27 program will feature Kenneth Miller, professor of biology at Brown University. Miller, an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller vs. Dover case, is the author of “Finding Darwin's God.” His presentation at Susquehanna University will propose proper modeling of science education, and explore the relationship and tension between religion and science.

Following his lecture, Miller will participate in a panel discussion about what place, if any, intelligent design theory has in public school education. Miller will be joined on the panel by biological psychologist Roberto Refinetti, academic dean and professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina, Salkehatchie, and Susquehanna University's Warren Funk, professor of philosophy; Thomas W. Martin, assistant professor of religion; and Matthew Persons, associate professor of biology.

The program on October 25 will examine judicial independence and accountability issues that arise when judges make controversial decisions. The judiciary has a constitutional obligation to review challenged legislative and executive branch decisions, and determine the constitutionality of those decisions. However, there are instances when the judiciary's conclusions are politically unpopular, resulting in public criticism of the bench. The Dover Area School District decision is an example of such a case. The program will feature Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Baldwin, U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III, who decided the Dover case; and Stephen B. Burbank, the David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania, and former chair of the American Judicature Society's Taskforce on Judicial Independence and Accountability.

Contact: Victoria Kidd


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