|When:||Thursday, January 8, 2009|
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Technological Instit Ryan Family Auditorium 2145 Sheridan Rd.|
Evanston, IL 60208 map it
|Audience:||- Faculty/Staff - Student - Public|
|Contact:||One Book Staff
|Group:||One Book One Northwestern 2009-2010|
|Category:||Lectures & Meetings|
One Book One Northwestern Lecture: "Only a Theory? Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul"
Kenneth R. Miller Professor of Biology and Royce Family Professor for Teaching Excellence, Brown University
A century and a half after the publication of On the Origin of Species, evolution remains a contentious subject in the United States. Is this because evolutionary science is still tentative and uncertain, making it “only a theory” in the minds of most Americans? Or, is it because Darwin’s answer to the origin of species has become part of the culture wars that seem to define our society? In the short term, the answers to these questions will surely determine how we view ourselves and the natural world around us. Over the long term, our attitudes towards evolution will determine whether the future of American society will be shaped by the acceptance or the rejection of science and the scientific method.
Professor Miller's recent book, Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul will be available for purchase at the entrance of Ryan Auditorium between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Time is allotted at the end of the lecture for book signing.
Lecture made possible in part by generous support from the Harris Lecture Fund.