March 20, 2017
Evolution is one of the most misunderstood ideas in the history of science. More than 150 years after Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking On the Origin of Species there are still critics who call Darwin’s theory of natural selection immoral, questioning not only its scientific legitimacy but its consequences for society.
A lecture at the University of New England’s Tangier Global Forum will discuss Darwin’s own struggles to come to terms with the social implications of his theory, while exploring his life, ideas and lasting impact. Scholar Susan Lindee will present “Darwin’s Legacies” on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. local time (3 p.m. EST) in the auditorium at UNE’s Tangier Campus. The lecture will be live-streamed to students and faculty on UNE’s two Maine campuses and to viewers around the world at www.une.edu/tgf/live.
A professor of the history of science at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, Lindee specializes in the historical and contemporary questions raised by human and medical genetics, science in the Cold War, nuclear weapons and radiation genetics. Her books include Moments of Truth in Genetic Medicine, The DNA Mystique and Suffering Made Real, while she has also collaborated with anthropologists to write journal articles and book chapters. In 2014, she was a visiting professor at Hiroshima University. She is also a Guggenheim Fellow, Weiler Fellow and past recipient of the Schuman Prize of the History of Science Society.
To learn more, visit www.une.edu/calendar/2017/darwins-legacies .
This will be the sixth lecture of the academic year for the Tangier Global Forum. It follows lectures that have addressed such issues as the challenges facing the Arab world, the birth of monotheism, and the applicability of the lessons of the Enlightenment to our biggest challenges today.
About the Tangier Global Forum
Founded by Moroccan-American scholar Anouar Majid, the University of New England’s Tangier Global Forum capitalizes on the millennial legacy of Tangier as a border city to encourage discussion and critical examination of the burning issues facing the global community. American, Moroccan, European and other thinkers from around the world give lectures, lead seminars and conduct workshops to shed light on -- and provide new insights into -- histories and cultures that are critical to a better understanding of our human condition today. All events are free, open to the public and streamed live around the globe. Live translation into one or more languages is also available.