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Peabody presented to NOVA Intelligent Design program featuring Southeastern's Barbara Forrest

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial,” an episode of the PBS series NOVA that featured Southeastern Louisiana University philosophy professor and author Barbara Forrest, is among 35 recipients of the Peabody Award, considered the most prestigious recognition of broadcasting excellence in news and entertainment.

     The 67th Annual Peabody Awards were announced April 2 by the University of Georgia`s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

     The Peabody Awards board said of “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial,” which focused on controversies surrounding the teaching of evolution in public schools, “The centerpiece of this thoughtful, topical edition of NOVA was the re-creation, verbatim, of key testimony and argument from a six-week trial in Pennsylvania that served as a crash course in modern evolutionary theory, the evidence for evolution and the nature of science."

     Forrest served as a crucial expert witness in “Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover (PA) Area School District,” a 2005 federal case in which plaintiffs sought to prevent the teaching of intelligent design in science classes. The case led to major media exposure for Forrest, including an appearance on the Larry King Live show. She was also interviewed by representatives of WGBH-TV for the NOVA episode that aired on PBS stations last November.

     “Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial” can be viewed online at on Nov. 13.

     Forrest, the 2006 recipient of Southeastern’s President’s Award for Excellence in Research, made an international name for herself with the publication of her book “Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design.” Co-authored with former MIT biologist Paul R. Gross, the work was published by Oxford University Press in 2004. It chronicles the political strategy of the intelligent design movement as promoted by the Discovery Institute’s think tank, the Center for Science and Culture.

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