Semester-long series to feature life and works of Darwin

AUBURN – Auburn University will host a series of special events this semester in connection with the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his publication, “The Origin of Species by Natural Selection.”

The series is co-sponsored by the College of Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Liberal Arts and the outreach committee of the Department of Biological Sciences.

“The goal is to present Darwin’s ideas in an accurate and non-proselytizing way,” said Jim Bradley, Auburn’s W. Kelly Mosley Professor of Science and Humanities.

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, Natalie Angier will speak as part of the Littleton-Franklin Lecture Series. Her lecture, “Science Fun for Everyone,” will take place at 4 p.m. in the COSAM Science Auditorium on Roosevelt Drive.

Additional lectures are scheduled throughout the semester on Mondays, at 3 p.m., in 112 Rouse Life Sciences Building. David King, a professor in Auburn’s Department of Geology, will present “Darwin as Geologist” on Feb. 2. Geoff Hill, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, will discuss “Exchanges Between Darwin and Wallace” on Feb. 9. Guy Beckwith, a professor in the Department of History, will talk about “Social Darwinism” on Feb. 16. On March 2, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Arts Center for the Arts and Humanities will present an interdisciplinary panel on evolution.

For more information and a full schedule of Auburn’s Darwin Celebration go to http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/news/charles_darwin_commemorative_celebration0809.pdf .

(Contributed by Lisa Marshall.)

Contact: Jim Bradley, (334) 844-9262 (bradljt@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)