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Forrest to be featured Nov. 13 on PBS 'NOVA' documentary on intelligent design

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Barbara Forrest being interviewed for NOVA documentary

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FORREST ON NOVA – Southeastern Louisiana University philosophy Professor Barbara Forrest is interviewed by representatives of WGBH-TV for the Public Broadcasting System's program NOVA. Conducting the interview is Joseph McMaster, producer, writer and director for the award-winning series. Forrest is being featured in a documentary focusing on the federal case Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District, airing on PBS stations on Nov. 13.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University philosophy professor and author Barbara Forrest will be featured in "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial," airing on the PBS program NOVA, Tuesday, Nov. 13.

     The two-hour documentary is the story of the 2005 legal case Kitzmiller et al v. Dover Area School District, the first legal case involving intelligent design creationism. Forrest served as one of the key expert witnesses for the plaintiffs.

     The program will air at 7 p.m. on Louisiana Public Broadcasting stations and 7:30 p.m. on New Orleans’ WYES. On Nov. 14, it will be available online on at

     In December 2004, 11 parents of public school students in Dover, Pa., filed the first lawsuit in a United States federal court against the teaching of intelligent design creationism in public school science classes. A year later Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled that the teaching of intelligent design violates the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution, saying that it “cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents."

     A short interview clip with Forrest is available on the NOVA website at Forrest has also recounted her experiences in the trial in the 2007 edition of her book, Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design, co-authored with Paul R. Gross. She was called as an expert witness because of her work on the book, first published in 2004. She also wrote an article about the trial, "The 'Vise Strategy' Undone: Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District," which is available at    

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