Darwin's Legacies

19:00 - 19:00 MA WEST
3:00 pm - 3:00 pm US EDT
Tangier Campus Auditorium
Tangier Campus
Susan Lindee

Free and open to the public

Evolution is one of the most misunderstood ideas in the history of science. Many of those who originally embraced Darwin's theory in the 19th century rejected its most important mechanism — natural selection. Many later critics of evolution saw it as immoral, questioning not its scientific legitimacy but its consequences for society. Darwin himself recognized the social implications of his theory and struggled to come to terms with them. In this presentation, Lindee explore his life, ideas and legacies, considering the voyage of the Beagle, the crisis that led to publication of the theory, and the meanings of evolution over the next 150 years, in the Scopes Trial, the discovery of DNA, the Intelligent Design movement, and new global industry of genealogy testing and racialized biological identity. Lindee places Darwinian evolution in a broad historical and social context — and suggests why Darwin's great 1859 classic, On the Origin of Species, should be required reading for everyone today.


Tangier Campus Auditorium

Susan Lindee at TGF lecture

This website uses cookies to understand how you use the website and to improve your experience. By continuing to use the website, you accept the University of New England’s use of cookies and similar technologies. To learn more about our use of cookies and how to manage your browser cookie settings, please review our Privacy Notice.