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Janet Browne Visits ASU

Celebrating Darwin: 1909, 1959, and 2009

By the time of his death Charles Darwin was one of the most celebrated –and one of the most notorious—scientists in the world. Today he is still controversial, and has become an icon of modern science at the same time as his theories have become the basis of modern biology. This talk asks what are we to make of this public visibility, past and present? It explores English and American commemorations as a reflection of earlier controversies and concerns, and looks at some of the issues that may underlie this year’s anniversary celebrations.  For more information see:  http://darwin.asu.edu/distinguished.php or access a podcast of her lecture.