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Barbara Carroll Forrest

Curriculum Vitae

Position: Professor of Philosophy, Southeastern Louisiana University

Education:

  • B.A., English, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1974
  • M.A., Philosophy, Louisiana State University, 1978
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Tulane University, 1988

Teaching Positions:

  1. Professor of Philosophy, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2002 - Present
  2. Associate Professor of Philosophy, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1994-2002
  3. Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1989-1994
  4. Full-time Instructor of Philosophy, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1988-1989
  5. Part-time Instructor in Philosophy, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1981-1988

Awards:

  • President's Excellence in Teaching Award, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1998
  • Woman's Hospital Distinguished Teaching Professorship, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2001-2004
  • "Friend of Darwin" Award, National Center for Science Education, March 1998
  • Alex Allain Intellectual Freedom Award, Louisiana Library Association/Social Issues Research Series, Inc., 1999

 Conference Presentations:

"A Critical Philosophical Analysis of the Moral Distinction Between Active and Passive Euthanasia," Mid-South Sociological Association, Jackson, MS, November, 1978.

"Naturalism and Education: Sidney Hook's View," Louisiana Philosophy of Education Society, November 18, 1984.

"Sidney Hook, Secular Humanism, and Education," Louisiana Philosophy of Education Society, November 19, 1989.

"Back to Basics: The Use of Newspapers and Other Print Media to Teach Analytical Reading, Writing, and Reasoning," Thirteenth Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, August 1993.

"The Philosopher's Role in Holocaust Studies," 27th Annual (International) Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, Tampa, Florida, March 2, 1997.

"Methodological Naturalism and Philosophical Naturalism: Clarifying the Connection," and "The Possibility of Meaning in Human Evolution," Science and Society Conference. Russian Academy of Sciences; Institute of the History of Natural Sciences and Technology; Faculty of Philosophy, St. Petersburg State University. St Petersburg, Russia, June 19-25, 1999.

"Methodological Naturalism and Philosophical Naturalism: Clarifying the Connection," at Science and God: A Naturalistic Examination of Cosmology, the Anthropic Principle, and Design Theories. Society of Humanist Philosophers, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, September 25-26, 1999.

"A Defense of Naturalism as a Defense of Secularism," at Sidney Hook Reconsidered: A Centennial Celebration, October 25-26, 2002, at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York City. Cosponsored by Continuing Education and Public Programs, Ph.D. Program in English, Ph.D. program in History, and Ph.D. Program in Philosophy of The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Lectures/Presentations:

"Creation and Evolution: A Philosophical View of the Concept of Balanced Treatment." Public forum: "Evolution and Creationism in Louisiana Public Schools," SLU, March 31, 1981.

"The Importance of Free Expression," Fanfare: SLU Annual Lecture Series, October 1994.

"Remembering the Holocaust in the Post-Holocaust World." Lecture series on the end of World War II, Dept. of History and Government, April 3, 1995.

"The Influence of Darwin on 19th- and 20th-Century Culture," Dept. of Biological Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University, April 21, 1995.

"Call to Organize: Scientists Against Creationism," American Women in Science public lecture, Louisiana State University, February 29, 1996.

"Organizing Against Creationism: Strategies for Scientists," keynote address, Sigma Xi, Louisiana State University, April 21, 1997.

"Methodological Naturalism and Philosophical Naturalism: Clarifying the Connection," New Orleans Secular Humanist Association, January 9, 2000.

"The Possibility of Meaning in Human Evolution," South Place Ethical Society, London, England, June 27, 1999.

"The Wedge of Intelligent Design Creationism," Second Annual Darwin Day, University of New Orleans, February 2001.

"The Advance of the Wedge," Third Annual Darwin Day, University of New Orleans, March 2002.

"The Evolution of Creationism: Intelligent Design," Southeastern Louisiana University, annual Fanfare Lecture Series, October 9, 2002.

Journal Articles:

"Creation and Evolution: A Philosophical View of Balanced Treatment," The Boardman, September 1982.

"An Analysis of the Causal Interpretation of Karl Marx's Theory of History," Lamar Journal of the Humanities, Spring 1989.

"Back to Basics: The Use of Newspapers and Other Print Media to Teach Analytic Reading, Writing, and Reasoning," Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, Vol. 13, April/May 1994.

"The Philosopher's Role in Holocaust Studies," Teaching Philosophy, December 1999.

"Methodological Naturalism and Philosophical Naturalism: Clarifying the Connection," Philo, Fall-Winter 2000.

"The Possibility of Meaning in Human Evolution," Zygon, December 2000.

Published Conference Proceedings:

"Naturalism and Education: Sidney Hook's View," Louisiana Philosophy of Education Journal: Official Proceedings of the Louisiana Philosophy of Education Society, Fall 1985.

"Sidney Hook, Secular Humanism, and Education," Louisiana Philosophy of Education Journal: Official Proceedings of the Louisiana Philosophy of Education Society, Fall 1990.

"The Philosopher's Role in Holocaust Studies," published on CD-ROM by the 27th Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, 1997.

"Methodological Naturalism and Philosophical Naturalism: Clarifying the Connection," in Proceedings of the Conference on Science and Society: Russian Academy of Sciences; Institute of the History of Natural Sciences and Technology, St. Petersburg Branch; Faculty of Philosophy, St. Petersburg State University, Summer 2000.

"The Possibility of Meaning in Human Evolution," in Proceedings of the Conference on Science and Society: Russian Academy of Sciences; Institute of the History of Natural Sciences and Technology, St. Petersburg Branch; Faculty of Philosophy, St. Petersburg State University. Summer 2000.

Book Articles:

"Back to Basics: The Use of Newspapers and Other Print Media to Teach Analytic Reading, Writing, and Reasoning," in Critical Thinking and the Media. Institute for Critical Thinking, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, August 1995.

"The Wedge at Work: How Intelligent Design Creationism Is Wedging Its Way into the Cultural and Academic Mainstream," in Robert Pennock, ed., Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics: Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific Perspectives, MIT Press, 2001.

Book:

Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design, Oxford University Press, 2003. Coauthored with Paul R. Gross.

Commissioned Articles:

"Combating Creationism in a Louisiana School," The Textbook Letter: A National Report on Schoolbooks and Schoolbook Affairs. California Textbook League, July/August 1997.

"The Newest Evolution of Creationism," Natural History Magazine, April 2002.

Book Reviews:

Review of Thomas Gilovich's How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life, in Teaching Philosophy 16:2, June 1993.

Review of Marcel Gauchet's The Disenchantment of the World: A Political History of Religion, in Free Inquiry Magazine, Winter 1998/99.

Review of David Suzuki's The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, in Free Inquiry Magazine, Winter 1998/99.

Review of The Sacred Depths of Nature, by Ursula Goodenough, in Free Inquiry Magazine, Spring 1999.

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