About Speaking Evolution
This is a safe place for teachers to discuss evolution.
The Evolution Working Group (EVOWOG) at The University of Alabama created the ALLELE (ALabama LEctures on Life’s Evolution) series to bring world-renowned scholars in evolution studies to campus. The Alabama Museum of Natural History's Emmy award-winning television production team has taken advantage of this opportunity to record conversations with these scholars on how to best communicate evolution by natural selection.
In creating this website, we made two assumptions about you, the teacher. 1.) You accept evolution by natural selection as the foundational principle of biology. 2.) You're curious how others communicate this simple idea that explains deep complexities.
Among the creators of this site and among the recorded conversations are many teachers and college professors who understand what it's like to speak evolution to students--and parents and administrators and friends and relatives--who can be less than receptive, if not downright hostile. We cannot fix that. What we can do is let you know you're not alone. Here you will discover that even the world's leading scientists often grapple with how to best communicate evolution. You may find new approaches that will work for you. You may find confirmation of approaches you're already using. We hope you will join the conversation by visiting our Teachers' Lounge. And while this website is not designed to teach you evolution, you will likely find it fascinating to listen in on conversations about vanguard science built upon the elegant principle of evolution by natural selection.