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Upcoming Presenters


Dr. Keith Devlin





Date: November 12, 2013 @ 7:30pm

Location: Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium


 Speaker Topic: Leonardo and Steve: The Young genius who Beat Apple to Market by 800 years.


The first personal computing revolution took place not in Silicon Valley in the 1980s, but in Pisa in the 13th century. The medieval counterpart to Steve Jobs was a young Italian called Leonardo, better known today by the nickname Fibonacci. Thanks to a recently discovered manuscript in a library in Florence, the story of how this little-known genius came to launch the modern commercial world can now be told.

Jodi Picoult

Date: February 4, 2014 @ 7:30pm

Location: Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

The facts behind the fiction




Harry W. Greene







Date: March 18, 2014 @ 7:30pm

Location: Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium


Natural History and Aesthetics: Why should we care about nature?


The diversity of life on earth is under serious threats from human-related causes, and science plays well-known roles in addressing management aspects of this problem. My presentation will describe how natural history also plays a vital role in enhancing appreciation for organisms and environments, thereby influencing value judgments that ultimately underlie all conservation. I will first explain how an 18th century philosopher’s distinction between “beauty” and “sublime” can be used in the context of Darwin’s notion of “descent with modification,” then illustrate this approach with frogs, snakes, African megafauna, Longhorns, and California Condors.
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