Wednesday, November 15, 2017
It was my great honor to present the 2017 Friend of Darwin Award to my dear friend and colleague Ed Larson at our faculty meeting yesterday. The Friend of Darwin Award is given annually by the National Center for Science Education:
NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award for 2017: Edward J. Larson, the Pepperdine University historian and legal scholar who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 book about the Scopes trial, Summer for the Gods. ... "The legal history of the creationism/evolution controversy is important to NCSE, and nobody has studied it more thoroughly and insightfully than Ed Larson," commented NCSE's executive director Ann Reid.
Here is the text that the National Center for Science Education asked me to read in presenting the award to Ed:
It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the Board of Directors and staff of NCSE have selected you to receive the 2017 Friend of Darwin Award. It would be hard to think of anyone who has contributed as much as you have to the study of creationism as a historical and social phenomenon, especially with regard to its career through the courts. As a laudably objective hisorian, your work has been invaluable to NCSE in its efforts to defend the integrity of science education against creationist onslaughts.