Kansas vs. Darwin
with director Jeff Tamblyn
A free documentary film screening followed by a conversation with director Jeff Tamblyn
Tuesday, October 14
River Oaks Theater
2009 West Gray
In May of 2005, a three-member subcommittee of the Kansas State Board of Education held hearings to determine whether Darwin's long-held Theory of Evolution should be challenged in public school science classes. At stake was, in effect, the definition of science for Kansas schoolchildren.
Kansas vs. Darwin takes you inside the hearings to meet the characters who captured the world's attention: school board members who believe their literal interpretation of the Bible trumps modern scientific evidence, and members of the "Intelligent Design" network who believe mainstream science is conspiring to suppress evidence that would overturn evolution. You'll also get face to face with an organization of Kansas scientists, educators, and citizens that mobilizes a worldwide response to put an end to what they see as a kangaroo court run by religious extremists.
You may be aware that we're having our own little creationism-as-science moment here in Texas. Reminding ourselves of what happens when you elect religious zealots to the school board is good practice for casting the right vote in a few weeks.