9 Jan 2013

Film This Sunday: Kansas vs. Darwin

Posted by wyndhamrobertson

The documentary film “Kansas versus Darwin,” showing at the library on January 13, is a chronicle of the 2005 hearings held by the Kansas State Board of Education. The hearings were held to examine the balance between creationism, evolution and intelligent design in the state’s science standards. Religion, science, and the politics of education came head to head in one of the most closely watched and contentious trials on evolution since the Scopes Trial in 1925.

Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 p.m.
In Jackson Screening Room
Introduced by Prof. Ryan Huish
Reception to follow

Director Jeff Tamblyn allows those on both sides of the debate to speak for themselves, with emotionally polarizing and occasionally very humorous results. Testimony is combined with direct interviews with school board members, educators, lawyers and spectators. As a result, the film has been both praised for its lack of bias, and criticized for presenting positions without analyzing them.

What is very clear is that challenges to the teaching of evolution will continue; several states have seen anti-evolution bills introduced since the Kansas hearings. This film is a fascinating record of one such attempt to re-define science for a generation of schoolchildren.

This program is sponsored by the Library, by Student Activities and the Film Department.

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