Panel of Auburn authors to discuss Charles Darwin book for Discover Auburn series March 19

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – “Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy,” will be the subject of a book talk and signing, Tuesday, March 19, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Auburn University Libraries and the Auburn University Bookstore will host the public event, the next in the ongoing Discover Auburn series.

In 2009, Auburn University hosted a semester-long “Darwin Celebration” commemorating the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Origin of Species.” The essays in “Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy” were first presented as talks for the series telling the interdisciplinary story of Darwin’s influence.

The contributors to “Charles Darwin: A Celebration,” just published by NewSouth Books of Montgomery, represent a variety of disciplines on the Auburn campus. They include Jonathan Armbruster from biological sciences, Lewis Barker from psychology, Guy Beckwith from history, Gerard Elfstrom from philosophy and David King from geology. Contributors also include Debbie Folkerts, Ken Halanych, Anthony Moss and Shawn Jacobsen from biological sciences; Jeff Katz, John Magnotti and Kelly Schmidt (with guest author Anthony Wright from University of Texas Medical School) from psychology; and Giovanna Summerfield from foreign languages.

Also included in the volume is an essay on the “Alabama insert” by Richard Dawkins. Based on a transcript of his remarks made at an Auburn University Littleton-Franklin Lecture in 1996, his essay addresses the disclaimer of evolution included in Alabama biology textbooks.

Contributors will be on hand to discuss their essays in a panel format. Copies of “Charles Darwin: A Celebration” will be available for purchase, and signing and refreshments will follow the program.

The Discover Auburn lecture series is hosted by Auburn University Libraries and the Auburn University Bookstore. Parking and Tiger Transit to the library are available from the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

Upcoming lectures include an April 9 talk by the writers and illustrators of “Longleaf: As Far as the Eye Can See,” a book on the natural and cultural history of the once ubiquitous pine tree. Past Discover Auburn programs are available as video/audio downloads at

For more information on upcoming Discover Auburn programs and to access previous lectures, go to the website at or call (334) 844-8453. Auburn University Libraries schedules, hours and other information are available on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written by Jayson Hill.)

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