This Month's Meeting
- What: February 2014 Meeting
- Who: Jim Strayer, retired biology educator, Darwin expert
- Title: â€œCharles Darwin: His Life and His Voyage of the HMS Beagleâ€
- When: Monday, February 17, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00)
- Where: Buckman Bridge Unitarian Church, 8447 Manresa Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32244 (Driveway located on Collins Rd., 400 feet east of Roosevelt Blvd.)
Meetings Free and Open to the Public â— Plenty of Free Parking
Meet the Speaker
was born and raised in Adrian, Michigan. Strayer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan.
Since earning these degrees, he has attended Pratt University in New York to study chemistry, Wayne State University in Detroit to study ecology, and Michigan State University to study environmental problems. He has thirty-four years of teaching experience: twelve at the high school level and twenty-two at the community college level. He was given the â€œOutstanding Teacher Awardâ€ at Washtenaw Community College in 1985.
He and his wife, Bobbe, have made their home in Ormond Beach, Florida since 1988. He is past president of The Humanists of Northeast Florida. He was also the liaison for the National Center for Science Education, Inc. representing central Florida. He has several publications in science and Humanist journals.
Since his retirement, he has been a guest speaker for many Unitarian, Humanist, and Freethought groups, Daytona State College, as well as scientific and teaching organizations. He was presented the Florida Humanist Lecturer of the Year Award in 1993. He spoke on the steps of the Capitol in Washington D.C. at the Godless American Rally November 2, 2002. He has been a guest on many TV and radio shows, and on February 9, 2013, he spoke before an audience of 300 at Charles Darwin Day at the Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason. As part of his research on Charles Darwin, he and his wife visited Darwin's home, Down House, in Kent, England and the Darwin Museum in London.