OUR clandestine operative [whose initials are L.L.] stationed in Dover, Pennsylvania, site of the famous case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, gave us a copy of this press release, which we present to you as a public service:
For Immediate Release
Oct. 1, 2009
Concert for Darwin Rocks Out For Origin of Species
HARRISBURG – Next month marks the 150th Anniversary of the publishing of Origin of Species, Charles Darwin’s seminal work that revolutionized the scientific world.
To celebrate the anniversary, The Friends of Kitzmiller v. Dover are hosting a Concert for Darwin at 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7.
Because, as evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky famously said, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”
The music fest will be at the newly reopened Midtown Scholar, the largest academic used-book store between New York and Chicago, at 1302 Third St. in Harrisburg.
Darwin was much more than just one of the world’s greatest thinkers. He was also a man guided by great passion and creativity and a great lover of music. Which is why Friends of Kitzmiller want to celebrate his life with a concert.
The event is also being held in conjunction with the four-year anniversary of the local Kitzmiller v. Dover trial, in which federal Judge John E. Jones III ruled that intelligent design was merely repackaged creationism and therefore violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
Featured at the event will be Vancouver-based rap-lit artist Baba Brinkman, whose performance of “Rap Guide to Evolution” won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award in Edinburgh Scotland’s prestigious Fringe Festival.
As a special treat, biologist, science author and Brown University professor Ken Miller, whose testimony as the Dover plaintiffs’ lead science expert led to some of the trial‘s most powerful moments, will be giving a talk about Darwin and his legacy and how it inspired him.
Also performing will be Jefferson Pepper, whose recent CD release American Evolution, which was inspired by the Kitzmiller trial, reached No. 9 on the Euro Americana chart.
Special guests will perform selected readings from Origin of Species. [Eugenie Scott from the National Center for Science Education will be one of the readers.]
The Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union’s South-Central Chapter is helping to sponsor the event.
Tickets are $15 and can be ordered on line. For more information on Concert for Darwin, or to order tickets, go to: Concert for Darwin or call 717-938-4332.
What: Concert for Darwin
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7
Where: Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 Third St. Harrisburg, PA 17102 (Across from the Broad Street Market)
Tickets: $15 in advance
Media Contact: Lauri Lebo 717-577-8327
Source: Friends of Kitzmiller v. Dover
Editor’s Note: Performers are available for interviews.