Science & Human Origins Conference

Spokane Area Event
Past Event September 20, 2014 Ray and Joan Kroc Center - Coeur d’Alene, ID
Did human beings evolve from earlier animals? Was the process that produced human beings guided or unguided? And does it matter? Ever since Darwin, people have wrestled with what modern biology tells us about human origins and human uniqueness. Here is your chance to learn about the current state of the scientific evidence, separate fact from fiction, and to explore why it matters. Plus you will get to see the premiere of Privileged Species, an exciting new documentary that examines how our universe is designed not just for life, but for life like us.

The conference will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 from 9:00 am-3:45 pm at the Ray and Joan Kroc Center in the beautiful resort community of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Download the preliminary conference schedule.

General Registration: $35

Student Registration: $10
(SPECIAL OFFER CLOSED: First 100 students to register are FREE!)

Group Registration (requires 10 or more people): $25.

Registration includes all conference materials, lunch, and admission to all sessions, including the film premiere of Privileged Species. Note that lunch is not guaranteed for registrations made after 5 p.m. on September 15.

Online registration is now closed, but walk-up registration is available beginning at 8:15am on Saturday morning. We cannot guarantee a boxed lunch for walk-ups, but we will do our best to accommodate you.

Attendees are responsible for securing their own lodging and transportation. The SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Coeur d’ Alene (.75 mi from the Kroc Center) is offering a special rate of $119+tax/night (which includes WiFi and continental breakfast) for king or double queen suites. Book online or call the hotel at 208-667-2212 and mention Discovery Institute. Please reserve a room by September 4th to secure this group rate.

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About the Speakers


Ann Gauger is co-author of Science and Human Origins and a Senior Research Scientist at the Biologic Institute. She received her Ph.D. in developmental biology from the University of Washington and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. She has appeared in the documentaries Metamorphosis, Flight, and The War on Humans.

Casey Luskin is co-author of Science and Human Origins and Research Coordinator at the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He earned his M.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego and conducted geological research at the Scripps Institution for Oceanography. He has been interviewed on the evolution debate for Nature, Science, The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, and Fox News.

Richard Sternberg is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology (Molecular Evolution) from Florida International University and a Ph.D. in Systems Science (Theoretical Biology) from Binghamton University. He previously served as a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information and as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

John West is author or editor of 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, and he is co-founder and Associate Director of the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. Formerly the chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, and many other media outlets.