November 18, 2008
Dr. Barbara Forrest, a leading expert on the intelligent design movement, spoke at SMU about "Why Texans Shouldn't Let Creationists Mess With Science Education."
Forest's lecture, presented on Nov. 11, 2008, was sponsored by the SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, the Center for Teaching Excellence and the departments of Anthropology, Biology and Philosophy in the University's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Forrest's lecture was co-sponsored by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.
Forrest is co-author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design.
She served as an expert witness in the 2005 landmark federal legal battle over intelligent design, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District. The plaintiffs in that case successfully defeated a school district policy that required a presentation of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution, arguing that intelligent design is a form of creationism and teaching it is prohibited under the constitutional separation of church and state.
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