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“CELEBRATE SCIENCE” LAUNCHES IN AUGUST: A NATIONAL TOUR TO
KEEP SCIENCE IN AND CREATIONISM OUT OF OUR NATION’S SCHOOLS
New York, NY – July 22, 2011 - When summer ends and school is back in session, not all American students will be getting a science education based on actual science. In
a recent national poll, only 23% of biology teachers strongly agreed that evolution is
the unifying theory of biology – and it’s no surprise that US students rank low among
industrialized countries in science and math scores. NO DINOSAURS IN HEAVEN, a new documentary from Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Greta Schiller, explores
the real threat of creationists getting teaching credentials in order to infiltrate science
The campaign will launch August 28 in Tallahassee, Florida, where evolution in science
classrooms has been a hot issue in the legislature, with a screening featuring the film’s
star, Dr. Eugenie Scott. From there, the “Celebrate Science” campaign will spread
through the south and tour the country, bringing the documentary and discussion to
college campuses and community groups, as well as to the New York Academy of
Sciences, the Los Angeles Center for Inquiry and other science institutions this Fall.
Working with organizations such as the National Center for Science Education and
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the campaign will cast a light on
this important issue in our nation’s educational system.
NO DINOSAURS IN HEAVEN explores the problem of creationists who earn science
degrees in order to sneak their anti-science beliefs into the classroom. As a stunning
visual counterpoint, Dr. Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education
leads a raft trip down the Grand Canyon, where the creationist and evolutionary
explanations of this natural wonder are juxtaposed. The film moves from the Grand
Canyon to the American Museum of Natural History to actual middle school science
classes in New York City, where public school teachers find themselves on the front
lines of this struggle.
According to Doug Futuyma, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution at SUNY
Stony Brook, ”No Dinosaurs in Heaven touches on a host of important issues, from
academic freedom to the nature of science. It provides a stimulus for wide-ranging
Emmy Award-winning director Greta Schiller (Before Stonewall, Paris Was a Woman) is also a science educator and uses her own experience – with a graduate school
biology professor who refused to teach evolution – to expose the insidious dangers of
so-called “creationist science” which threatens the Constitutional principle of separation of church and state and undermines scientific literacy. NO DINOSAURS IN HEAVEN intelligently argues that public education must steadfastly resist the encroachment of
religion in the form of creationism, and that science literacy is essential to a healthy
Educators and supporters of science can join the “Celebrate Science” campaign
and stop creationism from taking over science education. NO DINOSAURS IN
HEAVEN is available for screenings and discussions at universities, libraries or
community groups. The contact for screenings is Laure Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic and library buyers can watch a free preview and purchase the film at
www.newday.com. More information and a trailer can be found at www.nodinos.com.