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Why a Clarence Darrow Statue was Needed

BALA CYNWYD, PENNSYLVANIA — The Freethought Society is hosting world-famous sculptor Zenos Frudakis on Thursday, May 23, 2019 as an honored speaker. The event will be held at the Bala Cynwyd Library, located at 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM in the 2nd floor community room. Elevators are available. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Frudakis created a 10-foot-high statue of attorney Clarence Darrow in 2016. Darrow defended teacher John T. Scopes in the Scopes “Monkey” Trial in1925. William Jennings Bryan, three-time presidential candidate, argued for the prosecution, contending that Scopes violated Tennessee’s Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school.

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Clarence Darrow

Today, evolution is a branch of science that is taught in most schools. There was a time, however, when even suggesting that there was such a thing as evolution was controversial and resulted in conflict between the Judeo-Christian religious communities and teachers.

The Clarence Darrow statue was placed on the lawn of Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee on July 14, 2017, the very location of the infamous trial!

The story behind the project has many compelling components, including death threats and a celebrity appearance for the unveiling ceremony. 

Frudakis will not only tell the story behind the commission, his PowerPoint presentation will also show how the statue was made from clay to bronze. 

For more information contact:

Margaret Downey
Event Coordinator
Cell: 610-357-9432
Office: 610-793-2737

Guest Speaker: Professor Marci Hamilton

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Freethought Society is pleased to host University of Pennsylvania Professor Marci Hamilton as the Thursday, April 11, 2019 speaker. Her speech, “The War Against Child Sex Abuse: Where We Are and What We Must Do,” takes place 7:00 PM at the Ludington Library located at 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Free and open to the public

Hamilton is the nation’s foremost expert on clergy sex abuse against children and child sex abuse statutes of limitation. She has been invited to testify and advise legislators in every state in the country where significant statutes of limitation reform have occurred. Her presentation will recount her battles in Pennsylvania and elsewhere with powerful forces against child safety, and she will lay out the battle plan for the future, presenting the five necessary legal reforms to prevent child sex abuse: statute of limitations reform, preservation of children’s rape kits, family court reform, public training on child sex abuse, and the invalidation of nondisclosure agreements.

Hamilton is the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Fox Family Pavilion Resident Senior Fellow in the Program for Research on Religion at the University of Pennsylvania. Hamilton is also the Founder, CEO, and Academic Director of CHILD USA, which is an academic think tank at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to interdisciplinary, legal and evidence-based research to improve laws and public policy to end child abuse and neglect. Before moving to the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Hamilton held the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

Hamilton is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge University Press). She is also the author of God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law and God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Additionally, she is the co-author of Children and the Law. Hamilton clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.       

Hamilton is a graduate of Vanderbilt University summa cum laude, having earned a bachelor’s degree. She graduated with high honors from Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a master’s degree in English, fiction writing, and philosophy. Hamilton earned her Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude. At the University of Pennsylvania, Marci served as Editor-in-Chief of The University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  

Speaker Dr. Paul Offit on 10/15/2018: How to Communicate Science to the Public—Or Die Trying

Dr. Paul Offit

Dr. Paul Offit

 

The Freethought Society is very pleased to host Dr. Paul Offit as an honored speaker on Monday, October 15, 2018. The meeting takes place at the Ludington Library located at 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania). The meeting will start at 7:00 PM. The meeting is free and open-to-the-public.

Dr. Offit’s highly informative speech is entitled, “How to Communicate Science to the Public—Or Die Trying.” Using a series of personal experiences, Dr. Offit will discuss the challenges that scientists face in trying to communicate science to the public. 

Dr. Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. 

 

 MeetUp Details

Dr. Paul Offit Discusses Science Communication

Monday, Oct 15, 2018, 7:00 PM

Ludington Library
5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave. Bryn Mawr, PA

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The Freethought Society is very pleased to host Dr. Paul Offit as an honored speaker on Monday, October 15, 2018. The meeting takes place at the Ludington Library located at 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania). The meeting will start at 7:00 PM. The meeting is free and open-to-the-public. Dr. Offit’s highly informative speech is enti…

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Speaker David N. Schwartz on 9/26/2018: The Last Man Who Knew Everything

David N. Schwartz

David N. Schwartz

David N. Schwartz

The Freethought Society (FS) and the Philadelphia Ethical Society (PES) invite you to an event highlighting the work of author David N. Schwartz.

Please plan to attend Wednesday, September 26, 2018 when PES Leader Hugh Taft-Morales will interview Schwartz about his book The Last Man Who Knew Everything.

 Schwartz holds a PhD in political science from MIT and is the author of two previous books. He has worked at the State Department Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs and at Goldman Sachs in a variety of roles in both London and New York. The Nobel Prize in Physics 1988 was awarded jointly to Schwartz’s father Melvin SchwartzJack Steinberger and Leon M. Lederman “for the neutrino beam method and the demonstration of the doublet structure of the leptons through the discovery of the muon neutrino.”

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Dr. Daeschler to Present “Cold, Hard Science: The 2016-2017 Antarctic Paleontological Expedition”

Dr. Daeschler to Present

“Cold, Hard Science: The 2016-2017 Antarctic Paleontological Expedition”

PENNSYLVANIA — The Freethought Society is pleased to host Dr. Ted Daeschler as a speaker at the Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr AvenueBryn Mawr) on WednesdayMay 23, 2018. This event is free and open-to-the-public. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM.

Dr. Daeschler’s presentation “Cold, Hard Science: The 2016-2017 Antarctic Paleontological Expedition,” will highlight the Devonian Period (420-360 million-years-ago). Fossils bear witnessed of profound diversification of the form and function of aquatic vertebrates, including the origin of limbed forms. Previous discoveries from fossil sites in the northern hemisphere motivated questions about biotic evolution within the southern landmasses from the same timeframe.

Working out of McMurdo Station, Dr. Daeschler’s team spent three weeks at two sites in the Transantarctic Mountains of Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. These areas have had little paleontological exploration and this fieldwork revealed productive Middle Devonian sites with a wide variety of fossil vertebrates from ancient freshwater ecosystems. A powerful slide show will take you into the camp and the surrounding areas.

About Dr. Ted Daeschler:

Dr. Daeschler is curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Academy of Natural Sciences Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, Drexel University. He has been at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia since 1987. His research interests center on Late Devonian-age fossils and the origin of limbed vertebrates. Daeschler’s responsibilities at the Academy of Natural Sciences focus on research, teaching, collections curation, and public programs within the museum. Since 2011, Dr. Daeschler has had a joint appointment as a Professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel.

For more information, contact:

Margaret Downey
Freethought Society President 
Phone: 610.793.2737
Email: Margaret@FtSociety.org