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                                           Darwin bicentennial events crowd Cornell calendar

Feb. 4, 2009
Cornell University

Rare and Manuscript

By George Lowery

Cornell marks the 200th anniversary of naturalist Charles Darwin's birth in Shrewsbury, England, Feb. 12, 1809, with a number of lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions and other events. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," which established evolutionary descent with modification as the dominant scientific explanation of diversification in nature.

The Museum of the Earth's Darwin Days, Feb. 7-15, including Darwin Family Day, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See

University of Maryland physicist S. James Gates Jr. delivers the Second Annual Beggs Lecture on Science, Spirituality and Society, Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Sage Chapel. In his talk, "Maxwell's Equations and Darwin's Finches: Science, Faith and Evolution," Gates will consider how Darwin and physicists Isaac Newton, James Maxwell and Albert Einstein reconciled science and spirituality in their work and lives. Gates also participates Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, on a panel discussing "Race and Evolution," and he will also visit Cornell classes.

A panel discussion, "Evolution and the Life Sciences," Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. in G-10 Biotech Building.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology displays specimens of the Galapagos finches that inspired Darwin's thoughts on natural selection and adaptive radiation, Feb. 9-15. Its Darwin Day Celebration, Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., includes activities about birds and natural selection: guided walks on nature trails, a scavenger hunt and the opportunity to isolate your own DNA. Information:

"What's Science Got to Do With It? When Scientists Talk Nonsense About Religion," a lecture by Massimo Pigliucci, SUNY Stony Brook, Feb. 10, A-106 Corson Mudd Hall at 4:45 p.m.

David Campbell '77, a high school biology teacher from Jacksonville, Fla., delivers "Teaching(?) Evolution in the Public Schools," introduced by Cornell President Emeritus Hunter Rawlings, Feb. 11 at 4:45 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium. Followed by a panel discussion on teaching evolution in today's classroom at 6 p.m.

Ross Brann, Cornell's Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and professor of Near Eastern studies, on "Darwin and Religion," Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. in Anabel Taylor Hall Auditorium.

Cornell President Emeritus and Darwin scholar Frank H.T. Rhodes lectures on "Charles Darwin: Origins," Feb. 12 at 4:45 p.m. in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall. The talk explores the scientist's life and work during the 22 years following the 1859 publication of "On the Origin of Species." Following will be the opening reception for the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collection's "Charles Darwin: After the Origin," a collaborative exhibition with the Museum of the Earth, in Kroch Library's Hirshland Gallery at 5:15 p.m.

"Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters," a lecture by Don Prothero, Occidental College, Feb. 14 at 4:30 p.m. in G-10 Biotech Building.

The Cornell radio show "Sunday Forum" discusses "Three Views of Darwin," Feb. 15 on WVBR 93.5 FM at 6 p.m. Guests: Rawlings; the Rev. Kenneth Clarke, director of Cornell United Religious Work; and Museum of the Earth Director Warren Allmon.
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