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Sunday, November 3 • 9:00am - 10:45am
Plenary 5: Science and Religious Education in Divided Societies

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One aspect of our current social divides involves a raging debate over the possibility of “post-truth,” “alternative facts,” and “fake news.” Among other issues, this debate revolves around the proper relation between empirical evidence, on the hand, and various political, cultural, and religious narratives, on the other. One way to consider this debate is by addressing relations between science and religion. Hence, the final plenary of the conference will feature the theme: “Science and Religious Education in Divided Societies.”

The panel of speakers for this session includes Michael Reiss, Anglican Priest and Professor of Science Education at University College, London, and President of the International Society for Science and Religion, and Sybrina Atwaters, Director: OMED Educational Services at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This session will feature an exercise for addressing tensions surrounding the teaching of evolution from Muslim, Jewish, Christian perspectives.

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Ari Y. Kelman

Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Professor Kelman's research focuses on the myriad ways in which people cultivate religious commitments. His research focuses on the ways that people learn religion across domains including schools, congregations, museums, camps, media, and online. He holds a particular research focus... Read More →


Anila Asghar

McGill University
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Sybrina Atwaters

Director, OMED: Educational Services, Georgia Tech Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Atwaters is the Chair of the Publications Committee of the REA Board.
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Professor Michael Reiss

Professor of Science Education, UCL Institute of Education
I am Professor of Science Education at UCL Institute of Education, University College London, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Kiel and York and the Royal Veterinary College. The former Director of Education at the Royal Society... Read More →
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Rachel Pear

Research Fellow, University of Haifa
Rachel S. A. Pear is a research fellow at the University of Haifa's Center for Jewish and Democratic Education where she is the research coordinator of the first large scale study in Israel on evolution education and its relationship with religious views. Rachel received her BA from... Read More →

Sunday November 3, 2019 9:00am - 10:45am EST
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