Found over coffee: A great article on the Dover trial

It has been a slow week in South Bend, and this afternoon over lunch at Lula’s, I came across a fantastic article on the Dover School Board trial that was in the December 5th edition of the New Yorker. It doesn’t appear on the web anywhere, but the online-only edition contains a Q & A with the Margaret Talbot as well as a 1925 New Yorker article on the Scopes Monkey Trial and Dayton, Tennessee. The Talbot article is gripping and well-written, and gives a great glimpse into a trial that will set precedent for many years to come. I particularly like this description of the courtroom proceedings:

Yet the trial that Jones oversaw, which took place in a functional courtroom trimmed with teal and white panels, turned out to be rather like the biology class you wish you could have taken. Lawyers spent six weeks posing questions like “What is science?” and “Who was Charles Darwin?”

Update: the article does appear on the web over at The New America Foundation.

[tags]evolution, magazines, lunch[/tags]

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