Darwin Distinguished Lecture Series

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Edward O. Wilson

Edward O. Wilson
Edward O. Wilson was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1929. He received his B.S. and M.S. in biology from the University of Alabama and, in 1955, his Ph.D. in biology from Harvard, where he taught for four decades, receiving both of its college-wide teaching awards. He is currently University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard, and Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology... More.

Darwin and the Future of Biology
November 4, 2008
Audio Podcast and Written Transcript Available

Bert Hoelldobler

Bert Hölldobler
Bert Hölldobler was born in the Bavarian village Erling-Andechs (Germany). He received his academic education at the universities of Wuerzburg and Frankfurt, where, in 1971, he became Professor of Zoology. He is currently Foundation Professor of Life Sciences at the Arizona State University... More.

Exploring The Superorganism
November 5, 2008
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Randy Olson

Randy Olson - February 4-5, 2009
Randy Olson is a film maker with roots in marine sciences, where he earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1984). He attended film school at the University of Southern California, following his resignation from a professorship at the University of New Hampshire... More.

Movie: A Flock of Dodos
February 4, 2009

Don’t be such a Scientist!
February 5, 2009
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Movie: Sizzle
February 5, 2009

Michael Ruse

Michael Ruse - February 6, 2009
Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in History and Philosophy of Science at Florida State University. A former Guggenheim Fellow and a Gifford Lecturer, Ruse is an expert on the history and philosophy of evolutionary biology... More.

Lecture and Book Signing: Is Darwinism past its “Sell By” date?
February 6, 2009
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Bernard Wood

Bernard Wood - February 09, 2009
Bernard Wood is presently the University Professor of Human Origins at the George Washington University and Adjunct Senior Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution... More.

On the Origin of Our Species: Darwin and Human Evolution
February 09, 2009
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Nina Jablonski

Nina G. Jablonski - February 10, 2009
Nina G. Jablonski is head and professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University. She is an anthropologist and paleobiologist who studies the evolution of adaptations to the environment in nonhuman and human primates... More.

Darwin’s Birthday Suit: The Evolution of Human Skin and Skin Color
February 10, 2009

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Daniel Dennett

Daniel Dennett - February 18, 2009
Daniel Dennett is a Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. Among his books are Consciousness Explained; Darwin’s Dangerous Idea; and Freedom Evolves... More.

Darwin´s strange inversion of reasoning
February 18, 2009
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Eric Davison

Eric Davidson - February 27, 2009
Eric Davidson is the Norman Chandler Professor of Cell Biology with the California Institute of Technology. He received his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania (1958), and his Ph.D. from Rockefeller University (1963). A member of the National Academy of Sciences...More.

Gene regulatory networks in development and evolution
February 27, 2009

Hubert S. Markl

Hubert S. Markl - April 16, 2009 CANCELLED
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hubert Markl is presently President of the Max Planck Society for the Promotion of Science in Munich, Germany, and Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Konstanz... More.

The Misunderstanding and Misuse of Darwinism
April 16, 2009

Sarah Hrdy

Sarah Hrdy - April 30, 2009
Sarah Hrdy is professor emerita at the University of California-Davis. A former Guggenheim fellow, she has been elected to the California Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences... More.

Darwin and the Ascent of Man: Why humans are such hypersocial apes?
April 30, 2009, Lecture and book signing
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Peter Grant and Rosemary Grant

Peter R. and B. Rosemary Grant - October 28, 2009
Peter and Rosemary Grant have been studying Darwin’s finches on the Galápagos islands since 1973. Their fieldwork is designed to understand the causes of an adaptive radiation... More.

Darwin’s Finches
October 28, 2009, 6-7:30pm, Turquoise Auditorium, Memorial Union 220
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Janet Browne

Janet Browne - November 13, 2009
...Since then, Browne has specialized in reassessing Charles Darwin’s work, starting when she was associate editor on the University of Cambridge Library project designed to collect, edit and publish the correspondence of Charles Darwin... More.

Celebrating Darwin: 1909, 1959, and 2009
November 13, 2009, 2-3p.m., Life Sciences Ewing, Room 104
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