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Frontiers in Science Lecture Series presents Darwin biographer

Jan 27, 2010
From staff reports

David Quammen, author of "The Reluctant Mr. Darwin," will expose the life of the man behind the theory of evolution at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Presented by the Frontiers in Science Lecture Series, his presentation is titled "Charles Darwin: The Secret Life of a Reluctant Revolutionary."

"Feb. 12 marks the 201st anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and during the past year biologists worldwide have been celebrating the 'Year of Darwin,'" said Scott Moody, Kennedy Lecture and Frontiers in Science Lecture Series Committee chair. "Hundreds of books have been written about Darwin, but Quammen's book is one of the best and highly readable."

Quammen's lecture will delve into the world of the scientist, discussing Darwin's life during the 21 years between his return from the HMS Beagle and publishing of the "Origin of the Species." A book signing will follow.

Quammen's other works include "Song of the Dodo" and "Monster of God." He contributed to Outside magazine for 15 years and has been published in many others. His major accomplishments include an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a John Burroughs Medal for nature writing and the National Magazine Award. He presently holds the Wallace Stegner Chair of Western American Studies at Montana State University.

Members of the press and other media will have an opportunity to interview Quammen during a 20-minute press session at 7 p.m. in the Chaddock-Morrow Alumni Room at Memorial Auditorium.

The lecture is funded in part by the Kennedy Lecture Series, and is free and open to the public.


Published: Jan 27, 2010 10:10 AM

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