Tuesday, September 18, 2007

October forecast: cloudy with a chance of brimstone

RWU is an interesting place. For a small New England university it seems to become embroiled in more than its share of controversy.

First there was the whites-only scholarship nonsense .

Then there was the Inconvenient Truth brouhaha. This one even found its way onto the Colbert Report (unfortunately, the original Comedy Central video is no longer available, but you see the original CNN FoxNews interview with a RWU student and read the Colbert Report transcript over at Conspiracy Factor).

The next "controversy" will start In October when the campus tackles religion, science, and evolution. First up will be a Socrates Cafe discussion of "Are science and religion incompatible?" . This will be followed up later in the month with a seminar by Dr. Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education as part of RWU's Civil Discourse Distinguished Lecture Series.

Given the recent history of the campus, I'm sure there will be no shortage of bobos in attendance at both events. I'm even willing to bet that there will be picketing and the calling down of fire and brimstone. Stay tuned. Should be fun.

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