Attorney in Intelligent Design Case to Speak at Penn Museum

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Media Contact:Pam Kosty | pkosty@sas.upenn.edu | 215-898-4045February 21, 2006

PHILADELPHIA, PA 2006Eric Rothschild, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, will offer an insider perspective on this highly publicized intelligent-design case in a special talk, "Intelligent Design Meets the First Amendment," Monday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Harrison Auditorium of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

The free program, presented by Penn Museum Evolution Project, is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Institute for Law and Philosophy.

Rothschild, a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP and a graduate of the Penn Law School, will discuss the factual and legal background of the Kitzmiller case, whether intelligent design is science or religion, why the teaching of the scientific theory of evolution continues to generate controversy and how the controversy implicates important issues of religious freedom.

The Dover case is being touted as the first legal test of the constitutionality of teaching intelligent design as science and the most significant case on religious issues in public school science classes since 1987, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the teaching of creation science.

Seating for "Intelligent Design Meets the First Amendment" is open, and attendees should enter the Museum Harrison Auditorium through the Upper Courtyard entrance on the southeast corner of 33rd and South streets.  The handicapped access entrance is on 33rd Street.  

Additional information is available by calling 215-898-4890.