I went to UNC Chapel Hill yesterday and gave a presentation to an honors seminar about evolutionary biology. (You can download handouts of the presentation here.) The seminar was organized by an undergrad and is covering the culture wars of evolution and intelligent design creationism.
My job was to, in a short amount of time, explain the basics of evolutionary biology (mostly popgen) to this group of mostly humanities students. The goal was to give them some foundation in evolutionary science to prepare them to evaluate the claims of intelligent design activists. Luckily they were honors students at UNC and were quick on the uptake. It was a pleasure to go through my slides and answer their questions about the mechanisms of evolution.
In the end I felt that a majority of the seminar “got it”. I hope it sticks.
Last night I got an email from the student organizer thanking me for sharing my knowledge with the seminar. He told me that the students learned a lot about evolution from my presentation and the discussion. I’ve also been invited back for another time, and I may take him up on his offer.
Feel free to borrow any of my slides for Evolution Sunday or Darwin Day presentations. However, the presentation is actually much longer than 30 minutes.