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Darwin's Ongoing Revolution:
Evolutionary Thought in Emerging Fields

The 2009 Life Sciences & Society Symposium commemorates Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species. The interdisciplinary weekend event is free and open to the public.

"Darwin's Ongoing Revolution" will provide a rare opportunity to explore the way evolutionary thought continues to reshape existing fields and create new ones in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Seven international speakers, representing the leading edges of new fields, will address new directions in research, new challenges to traditional disciplinary boundaries, and public perceptions of the (expanding) role of evolution.

Symposium Speakers:

David Sloan Wilson (Binghamton University, biology)
     "Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives"
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Randolph Nesse (University of Michigan Medical School, evolutionary medicine)
     "Why didn't natural selection make humans healthier and nicer?"
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Michael Ruse (Florida State University, philosophy of biology)
     "Is Darwinism past its 'sell by' date?"
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Gillian Beer (Cambridge University, literature & science)
     "The Uses of Extinction"
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Ann Gibbons (Journalist, Science; author of The First Human)
     "The human Race: The Quest to Find Our Earliest Ancestors"
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Ron Numbers (University of Wisconsin, cultural historian of relations between religion and science)
     "Creation, Evolution, and the Boundaries of Science and Religion"
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David Geary (University of Missouri, evolutionary psychology)
     "Darwin and the Evolution of Psychology"
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For more information, contact Stefani Engelstein at EngelsteinS@missouri.edu or Karla Carter at Carterka@missouri.edu