Expert on evolution, faith to speak March 25 at Gettysburg College

An expert on evolution and faith will speak March 25 at Gettysburg College.

The 7:30 p.m. talk, "Evolution and Faith: What is the Problem?," will take place in the College Union Building, Room 260 and will feature Georgetown University Professor John F. Haught. Haught testified in the "intelligent design" trial, Kitzmiller et al. vs. Dover Board of Education, that took place in Harrisburg.

The school board's attempt to mandate the teaching of "intelligent design" focused international media attention on central Pennsylvania, where a lawsuit challenging the board's anti-evolution stance echoed the famous Scopes "monkey trial" of 80 years before. The case fascinated former student Madeline Shepherd, Class of 2009. With the help of a summer research grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she interviewed trial participants for a scholarly treatise that she co-authored with political science professor Ken Mott. The pair presented their findings at a conference of the Northeast Political Science Association and published their work.

A book signing will follow this free and open to the public lecture. This event is funded by the Fred and Martha Mahan Endowment and by Catholic Campus Ministry as the Annual Newman Lecture at Gettysburg College.

About Haught

Haught is the senior fellow at the Science & Religion Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. His area of specialization is systematic theology, with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, evolution, ecology and religion. In 2002, he won the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion; in 2004, the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence; and in 2008, a "Friend of Darwin Award" from the National Center for Science Education.

Posted: 3/19/10

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Mon, 15 Mar 2010

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