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UMD To Host Lecture on the Topic of
"Intelligent Design Creationism"
March 22

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) will host a lecture on the controversial topic of Intelligent Design Creationism entitled, "The Ground Rules of Science: Why the Judge Ruled Intelligent Design Creationism Out of Court", presented by Professor Robert Pennock, March 22 at 7 p.m. in UMD Chemistry Building, Room 200.

The lecture is free and the public is cordially invited.
The Minnesota State Legislature considered Intelligent Design in the 2004 legislative session (House File 2003 and Senate File 1714).

Robert Pennock is a professor in the Lyman Briggs School of Science and the Departments of Philosophy, Computer Science, Engineering and Evolutionary Biology and Behavior at Michigan State University. His research focuses on analyzing evolutionary theory and intelligent design creationist movement.

The lecture is sponsored by the UMD Center for Ethics and Public Policy, Sigma XI, and the UMD Departments of Geology, Biology, Physics, Communication, Philosophy, and Political Science.

Robert Pennock serves as a professor at Michigan State University in the Lyman Briggs School of Science and the Departments of Philosophy, Computer Science, Engineering and Evolutionary Biology and Behavior.

He has published two books on the topic of Intelligent Design, entitled "Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics"(2001) and "Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism" (1999), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the PEN Award.

Professor Pennock served as an expert witness at the recent case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board. The case tested the constitutionality of a public school science curriculum, which allowed the teaching of Intelligent Design as a competing theory to evolution.

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