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Date
November
11
Nov
23
23
2019
Time
16:00:00
Locale
Berkeley, CA

Memorial Symposium for Phillip Johnson

A series of brief presentations to honor the life of one of ID's greatest scholars

Following a private memorial service on November 23, the Discovery Institute is pleased to host a brief public symposium in honor of the late Phillip E. Johnson — UC Berkeley law professor and Center for Science & Culture program advisor, who passed away earlier this month.

You are invited to join us at the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley from 4:00–5:30 PM on Saturday, November 23 to hear brief (10–15 minute) tributes from intelligent design scientists and scholars who have been directly impacted by Phil’s life and have since become the ID torch-bearers for our generation. Among those speaking are Stephen Meyer, Michael Behe, Jonathan Wells, Douglas Axe, Paul Nelson, Ann Gauger, John Mark Reynolds, and others. Each presenter will share their unique perspective on the impact of Phil’s work and subsequent growth of the ID research program in their respective fields of research.

There is no cost or registration to attend this symposium, but seating is limited and will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

When

Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 4:00 PM

Where

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture at discovery.org/philjohnson.

Questions?

Contact Daniel Reeves at [email protected] or 206-826-5557.

Speakers

Ann Gauger

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Dr. Ann Gauger is Director of Science Communication and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, and Senior Research Scientist at the Biologic Institute in Seattle, Washington. She received her Bachelor's degree from MIT and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington Department of Zoology. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, where her work was on the molecular motor kinesin.

Douglas Axe

Maxwell Visiting Professor of Molecular Biology at Biola University
Douglas Axe is a molecular biologist and Director of Biologic Institute. He completed his PhD at Caltech and held postdoctoral and research scientist positions at the University of Cambridge, the Cambridge Medical Research Council Centre, and the Babraham Institute in Cambridge. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Protein Engineering under the supervision of Alan Fersht of the University of Cambridge. His current research examines the functional and structural constraints on the evolution of proteins and protein systems. His work has been published in the Journal of Molecular Biology.

Jonathan Wells

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Jonathan Wells has received two Ph.D.s, one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and one in Religious Studies from Yale University. A Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, he has previously worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California. He also taught biology at California State University in Hayward and continues to lecture on the subject.

Michael J. Behe

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Michael J. Behe is Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Behe's current research involves delineation of design and natural selection in protein structures. In his career he has authored over 40 technical papers and three books, Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA that Challenges Evolution, Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, and The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism, which argue that living system at the molecular level are best explained as being the result of deliberate intelligent design.

Paul Nelson

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Paul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.

Stephen C. Meyer

Director, Center for Science and Culture
Dr. Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the philosophy of science. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. He is author of the New York Times-bestseller Darwin’s Doubt (2013) as well as the book Signature in the Cell (2009) and The Return of the God Hypothesis (forthcoming in 2020). In 2004, Meyer ignited a firestorm of media and scientific controversy when a biology journal at the Smithsonian Institution published his peer-reviewed scientific article advancing intelligent design. Meyer has been featured on national television and radio programs, including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CBS's Sunday Morning, NBC's Nightly News, ABC's World News, Good Morning America, Nightline, FOX News Live, and the Tavis Smiley show on PBS. He has also been featured in two New York Times front-page stories and has garnered attention in other top-national media.