Talk by Wesley Roberts: Teaching Evolution in the Volunteer State

Wednesday March 18, 4:10 p.m. Stevenson Center 5211
Science teacher Wesley Roberts will give a talk about teaching evolution in Tennessee, followed by a reception in the Science & Engineering Library.
Wesley Roberts teaches biology and astronomy at Hume-Fogg Academic High School and has been teaching in Metro schools for more than 30 years. Mr. Roberts’ passion for teaching, as recognized by numerous teaching awards at the local, state, and national levels, has been matched by his drive to promote evolution education. In 1996 he was awarded the ACLU’s “Legislative Light” award for his opposition to the state senate’s “Monkey Bill.” In 2011, he testified to the Education Committees of the Tennessee State House and State Senate that “Evolution is the central organizing principle of modern biology” during debate of the “Teach the Controversy” bill. Mr. Roberts’ depth of knowledge of the history and status of teaching evolution in Tennessee is manifested in his service as consultant to several organizations, including the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.
Sponsored by the S/E Library and the Departments of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Biological Sciences.

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