Saturday, January 31, 2015

What's new?

So....  Long time, no hear, eh?

I shall try once again in this new year to resuscitate regular blog posting, but I will not make any promises of regularity this time.  Perhaps that will help me to get into a groove rather than feel some ominous obligation to post (which ironically leaves me stifled and unable to think of anything to post about).  And the facelift on the blog doesn't hurt either.  I like that old-timey map.

What do we have to look forward to this year from me and Core Academy?  Actually, quite a lot, and I'm really looking forward to 2015.

First up, Core Academy recently acquired an important collection of creationist material for our archives.  I should have more information and pictures for you by the end of February after we finish cataloging everything.  Scholars interested in the history of creationism will definitely want to check this out.

In March, Core Academy will host a creation retreat in the Smoky Mountains for students, faculty, and staff of Liberty University, Bryan College, Southern Adventist University, and Truett-McConnell College.  Space is extremely limited, but if we don't sell out by the end of this month, we will open it to anyone who wants to come.  Get more information here.

In April, we're planning our second annual Science Day for local middle school and high school students, in cooperation with Rhea County Academy.  There will be a science fair, a rocket car race, and other activities.  There will be more information on that event very soon (like this week some time).  Did I mention the rocket car race?

In June, we're hosting our second annual Midsummer Celebration, and our special speaker this year will be Paul Garner of Biblical Creation Ministries.  This will be a much bigger event this year, so we hope you'll put it on your calendar right now.  The date is June 20, 2015.

In July, the entire Core Academy crew will be at Origins 2015 at Truett-McConnell college in Georgia for the annual conference of the Creation Biology Society and the Creation Geology Society.  A call for abstracts should be available this week.

Also in July, I will be presenting a lecture on Scopes-era science at the 2015 Scopes Trial Festival right here in Dayton on July 18.  The presentation is free, and it should be a lot of fun.

My calendar for the back half of the year is pretty open.  I've also been talking about a fall symposium, but we don't really have the resources for that right now.  Perhaps if your school or church has been looking for a way to be more involved in the creation/evolution discussion, we could talk about a joint project?  I'm also available for presentations in classrooms or churches.

In the meantime, Core Academy's February session of short courses begins Monday, and we're debuting the new "Introduction to Origins Part 2."  If you're tired of the same old arguments in the creation/evolution discussion, you should check out our course offerings.  These topical courses are far more in-depth than you would get just about anywhere else.

Feedback? Email me at toddcharleswood [at] gmail [dot] com.