Michael Zimmerman is the founder and director of The Clergy Letter Project (www.theclergyletterproject.org), an international organization of more than 13,000 religious leaders and scientists created to demonstrate that religion and science need not be in conflict. Through The Clergy Letter Project, Zimmerman created Evolution Weekend (www.evolutionweekend.org) and has nurtured its expansion around the world.
Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for congregations around the globe to elevate the level of discourse about the compatibility of religion and science, and in 2009 more than 1,000 congregations representing 15 countries participated. Worldwide coverage included stories on NPR and Fox News.
Zimmerman has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the author of Science, Nonscience, and Nonsense: Approaching Environmental Literacy, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Additionally, he has published scores of scientific papers and hundreds of opinion pieces and book reviews in the popular press. He currently writes for The Huffington Post.
Michael Zimmerman will speak on the following topics:
- The Evolution/Creation Controversy: Why it Matters
- The Clergy Letter Project: Redefining the Relationship Between Religion and Science
- The Five Waves of Creationism
- The Modern Day Legacy of the Scopes Trial
- Dispelling Darwinian Myths
- Science, Nonscience and Nonsense