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MEDIA CONTACT:   Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

Designing Intelligence Exhibition and Related Programs Question the Origins of Life

                BOCA RATON , FL (January 29, 2009) – The University Galleries in the School of the Arts at Florida Atlantic University presents “Designing Intelligence?: Continuing the Intelligent Design Project,” an ongoing traveling exhibition that humorously and critically interrogates the debated contemporary philosophy of intelligent design. The exhibition was designed by New York-based artists Michael Zansky and D. Dominick Lombardi, and recent FAU graduate AdrienneRose Gionta. It opens at the Schmidt Center Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road, on Friday, January 30, 2009 with a reception at 6 p.m., and continues through Saturday, April 4. The opening reception on January 30 will include a panel presentation featuring four of the exhibition’s 12 artist. This is the first of several public programs associated with the exhibition. All programs are free and open to the public and take place on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

The first lecture in the series of public programs will be on Wednesday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building (PA), room 101. FAU Philosophy Professor Simon Glynn, whose talk is entitled Intelligent Design and the Arguments for and Against the Existence of God, will examine the strengths and weaknesses surrounding arguments about a belief in God.

Following Glynn’s lecture, the FAU Anthropology Graduate Student Union will present a weeklong series of programs in celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150-year anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. On Tuesday, February 10 at 4 p.m. in the Physical Sciences Building (PS), room 227, the 2006 documentary film Flock of Dodos will be screened . Flock of Dodos examines both sides of the evolution versus intelligent design controversy, as well as examining ways in which scientists can make their message more approachable to the public. Then, on Wednesday, February 11 at 7 p.m. in PS 109, Deborah Cunningham will lead a seminar discussing the challenges of teaching science today and presenting a variety of tools to make science education accurate and exciting. The evolution education seminar is geared towards biology teachers but is open to all teachers as well as the general public. Finally, on Friday, February 13 at 7 p.m. in GS 119, a panel discussion involving several FAU faculty members will explore how Darwin's theory of natural selection has impacted many academic disciplines and changed the way we view the world.

There will be three other programs in March presented by the University Galleries. The first, on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in PA 101, will be an artist lecture by Deborah Aschheim, a Los Angeles-based artist whose work reflects on the workings of the mind and memory. Aschheim’s work is featured in the exhibition. The second, on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in PA 101, will be a symposium titled “Who Are We and How we Came to Be: Perspectives on our Origin.” Leaders from Buddhist, Hindu, Judaic, Seminole Indian, Islamic and scientific viewpoints will promote cross-cultural insight about the origins of humans. Finally, “Birth: A Storytelling Event” will be presented on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Schmidt Center Gallery. This will be a performance collage of cultural myths and personal stories focusing on varying perspectives of birth, creation and the creative process.

More information on these events and the exhibition is available at www.fau.edu/galleries or by calling 561-297-2966.

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