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SHOW: Scopes Monkey Trial lecture
SPEAKER: Dr. Janet Monge
ATTENDED: Wed., April 3, 6 p.m., Penn Museum
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: The Scopes Monkey Trial was a landmark American legal case in 1925 in which high school science teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which made it unlawful to teach evolution. ... Join Dr. Janet Monge, Penn Museum Physical Anthropology Curator-in-Charge and Keeper of Collections, as she discusses this landmark event.
WE THINK: Any lecture on the topic of evolution and American scientific culture that involves a screenshot of Homer Simpson is bound for greatness. Using a combination of alarming facts and engaging humor, Dr. Janet Monge explored the culture that surrounded the trial in 1925, its effects on American education and scientific thought and the current views of evolution and science in the United States.
Knowledgeable and gregarious, Dr. Monge used a straightforward PowerPoint presentation to explain the devastating results of deep-pocketed Creationist pressure and lobbying to avoid teaching evolution in public high school, leading to generations misunderstanding the basic concepts of biology. Dr. Monge examined how more Americans become separated from scientific knowledge as religious fundamentalists write Biology textbooks and create museums based on the Young Earth theory. It's hard not to come away from this lecture frustrated with the current state of American scientific education.
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