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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 5/14/04
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      HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University philosophy professor Barbara Forrest will sign copies of her book, “Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design,” from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at Books-A-Million in Hammond.
      Published by Oxford University Press and co-authored by Paul Gross, Forrest’s book examines “Intelligent Design,” described as “the newest form of American creationism.”
      Explaining and analyzing what “design theorists” call their “Wedge Strategy,” the authors document the Wedge’s aggressive political and public relations campaigning and what they describe as its “failure after a decade to produce any scientific data.” The book details intelligent design proponents’ efforts to influence state science standards and federal education legislation. Additional information is available online at
      Forrest earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Southeastern and master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy at Louisiana State University and Tulane University, respectively. She has taught philosophy at Southeastern since 1981, as well as freshman western civilization surveys, a course on the Holocaust, and a graduate seminar in the history of western thought.
      She is the recipient of Southeastern’s prestigious President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and is also the Women's Hospital Distinguished Teaching Professor. She received the Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education, and the Alex Allain Intellectual Freedom Award from the Louisiana Library Association/SIRS.