Darwin Day Broward

Saturday, February 7th 2015 at 10:00 am
Saturday, February 7th 2015 at 4:00 pm
Broward College North Campus Library

A public celebration of Charles Darwin and his contributions to modern scientific knowledge. We will have a variety of events including science displays, children’s activities, vendors, food, door prizes, and a slate of exceptional speakers.

Our two main speakers this year are Brandon Haught and Rebecca Harvey.

Brandon Haught (bhaught@flascience.org):

High school biology teacher Brandon Haught is a founding board member of Florida Citizens for Science and is the author of Going Ape: Florida’s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom. On behalf of Florida Citizens for Science, Haught has been on the front lines of the evolution battles since 2006. He’s written several newspaper columns and has been interviewed countless times while advocating for and defending evolution’s place in the school curriculum. His experiences led to the research and writing of Going Ape, which was published in 2014 by the University Press of Florida. Haught has been a Florida resident since 2003 after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps.

Talk Title: “Un-American, Atheistic, Subversive and Communistic”

Description: Teaching about evolution in public schools has been a contentious issue since the 1920s, and the passionate battle hasn’t lost any of its fire today. Learn about the intense fights over the teaching of evolution that dominated news headlines nonstop for more than 90 years right here in the Sunshine State, including the related issues that are ready to ignite in 2015 and beyond.

Rebecca Harvey (Email: rgharvey@ufl.edu, Website):

Rebecca Harvey, AKA: “The Croc Doc”, is the coordinator of Environmental Education & Human Dimension at UF-Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. Her specific areas of interest include environmental attitudes and behavior, invasive species, carnivore conservation, climate change and environmental education. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Sociology form the University of California, San Diego. A highly published scientist, she is involved in human dimensions research, invasive species outreach, climate change outreach, alligator and crocodile outreach.

Talk Title: “Invasive Species and the Impact on the Local Environment”