Hall Center For The Humanities


Jeff Moran
Jeff Moran
KU Associate Professor of History

"The Antievolution Controversies and American Culture"
Humanities Lecture Series

Thu., Feb. 16, 2012, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Supported by the Friends of the Hall Center. Co-sponsored by Kansas Public Radio.
Location: The Commons, Spooner Hall

KU Associate Professor of History Jeff Moran is best known for his work in two distinct but tenuously related fields, sex and evolution.  In 2000, Harvard University Press published his first book, Teaching Sex:  The Shaping of Adolescence in the Twentieth Century, which was the first and so far only book-length history of sex education in the United States.  In 2002, Moran published The Scopes Trial:  A Brief History with Documents, which was intended to be primarily an undergraduate textbook, but which won wider notice for its interpretation of the trial and its inquiry into hitherto unexamined aspects of the antievolution controversy.

Moran's work on the antievolution impulse in America is culminating in Oxford University Press's publication of American Genesis: Antievolution Controversies from Scopes to Intelligent Design. His Humanities Lecture Series presentation will offer new information on these controversies that have exploded in the public schools, but he is most interested in the ways in which educational controversies embody and deepen existing tensions in American culture.

Moran holds a PhD in History from Harvard University, where he won the Organization of American Historians' Louis Peltzer Memorial Prize for the best article by a graduate student in American history.  He taught at Brown University before joining the University of Kansas Department of History in 1998.


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