Learn about Matthew LaClair, a New Jersey public high school student who did not want to be proselytized at school

On Sunday, February 19, at 3 pm, at the Augusta-Richmond County Headquarters Library, Meeting Room A, we are screening the hour-long documentary “In God We Teach.” 

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “A clean and honest bit of documentary work. Rare in these times. Congratulations.” 

“In God We Teach” tells the story of a high school student who secretly recorded his history teacher in class, and accused him of proselytizing for Jesus. The teacher, in danger of losing his job strenuously denied it. The specifics of the controversy lead directly to the church & state arguments that are in the news. With Stephen Colbert, Alan Dershowitz, Neil deGrasse Tyson and others.

General body meeting of CSRA Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State follows.

The film and meeting are free, open to the public and wheelchair-accessible.

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Support the Women’s March on Washington and Local Event in Augusta, Jan 21

Americans United for Separation of Church and State asks its members nationwide on January 21, 2017 to support the Women’s March on Washington and the various local solidarity events.

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The local solidarity event in Augusta begins on January 21, 1 pm, at Springfield Village Park, at the corner of Reynolds and 12th St.

If you attend either event, take photos and post them on social media mentioning @AmericansUnited & using the hashtag #AUinAction.

Documentary “The Lord is Not On Trial Here Today”

  A marked up newspaper photo of Vashti McCollum, sent to her anonymously.
A marked up newspaper photo of Vashti McCollum, sent to her anonymously.

On Sunday, July 17, at 3 pm, at the Headquarters Library on Telfair St, we are screening the documentary The Lord is Not On Trial Here Today. The event is free and open to the public. This documentary tells the compelling personal story of the late Vashti McCollum, and how her efforts to protect her ten year-old son led to one of the most important and landmark First Amendment cases in U.S. Supreme Court history – the case that established the separation of church and state in public schools.

If you in the entrance lobby of the building, facing the glass doors leading to the circulation desk, the meeting room is down a corridor on your right hand side. The room is wheelchair-accessible.

Feb 21, 3pm – Staci Fox “Sex Education in Public Schools”

 Government mandated sticker in science textbook
Government mandated sticker in science textbook

On Sunday, February 21, at 3 pm, Ms. Staci Fox is delivering a free public talk entitled “Sex Education in Public Schools.” The location is the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta at 3501 Walton Way Ext, Augusta, Georgia 30909.

Ms. Fox became President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast in 2013, a non-profit organization providing health care, advocacy, and education to women, men, and families throughout Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Staci has been in the family planning and reproductive health field for more than 17 years, having previously served as President/CEO for Planned Parenthood of North Florida. Staci is a native of Georgia and a graduate of University of Georgia, where she earned a degree in Sociology and was involved in numerous student organizations, including as a founding member of the Arch Society, the official hosts and goodwill ambassadors of the university. She and her partner are active in their faith community at All Saints’ Episcopal Church and enjoy all the live music and amazing food Atlanta has to offer. She is a strong advocate for social justice and has volunteered her time with numerous local and national organizations.

Recording of “Teaching History in Public Schools: What if the teacher has histlexia?”

Professor Juan Walker of Augusta University delivered a talk on January 17, 2016 at the Columbia County Library entitled Teaching History in Public Schools: What if the teacher has histlexia?. If you missed it, here is an audio recording.

Pizza, Ice Cream and the First Amendment – Mar 20, 3 pm

The Central Savannah River Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State wishes to recognize and celebrate all area entrants to the national organization’s 2016 essay contest. The essay contest is open to all high school and undergraduate students, and the deadline for submission is March 1, 2016. Visit the national website for complete details, and encourage all eligible students to submit an entry.

Then, come join us for a late lunch at EarthFare on Sunday, March 20, 2016, 3 pm. We haven’t yet worked out the menu, but we’re hoping there will be pizza and ice cream! On the house for essay entrants, of course.

EarthFare is located at 368 Fury’s Ferry Road, Martinez , GA 30907. The meeting room is in the front of the store, on the parking lot side of the cashiers. 

Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

Note that there will be no regular chapter meeting in March.

Sun, Jan 24, 3pm: Teaching History in Public Schools: What if the teacher has histlexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words. Histlexia is a disconnect between historical learning and application. 

Free public lecture by Dr. Juan Walker, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Augusta University

 Sunday, Jan 24, 3 pm, basement, Evans Library, 7022 Evans Town Ctr Blvd

Teaching in the twenty-first century demands that educators be prepared on a variety of topics, which is largely informed by the diversity of students and technological advances. Dr. Walker teaches social studies methods and curriculum and serves as the secondary program coordinator. His research interests include inquiry learning methodology and social justice integration in social studies. Dr. Walker, as recipient of the “Waynesburg University Teaching with Primary Sources” grant, produces professional development seminars for teachers in the Augusta area and lectures on topics ranging from meeting the demands of the new C3 Framework to the new Georgia Milestone testing system.  He has presented at national educational research conferences and is committed to improving the educational experiences for all students. 

As a certified secondary education teacher, he incorporates innovative technology and online learning resources in all of his classes. He works closely with K-12 educators to ensure that Augusta University’s teacher preparation program is meeting area partner schools’ expectations. He has revised several courses in the secondary program to prepare teacher candidates for the edTPA. He had a 100% edTPA & GACE pass rate for secondary education in the fall of 2014. 

Dr. Walker has also been invited by the Department of Political Science to build and design a Model U.N. curriculum for middle schools throughout Georgia. He was also awarded the Core Value Award.  This is in recognition for his collegiality and efforts to serve Augusta University and our community. He also serves on the Georgia Performance Standards Social Studies committee for elementary grades.

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