SUNY Oswego lectures to observe Darwin Day

SUNY Oswego’s Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Center will hold a series of talks this month in honor of Darwin Day, commemorated internationally around Charles Darwin’s birthday, Feb. 12, as a date to promote the importance of science as a universal language.

Darwin established the science of evolutionary biology, and he explained natural selection as the mechanism underlying evolution in his landmark book “On the Origin of Species” in 1859. Professors from SUNY Oswego and other upstate colleges will examine evolution in talks on campus Feb. 8, 10 and 13. All talks will be admission free in Room 101 of Snygg Hall.

The opening talk in SUNY Oswego’s Science Today series this semester will also start the Darwin Day series. Dr. Peter Rosenbaum of Oswego’s biology department will discuss eyes and evolution at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. His talk is titled “Looking at and Making Sense of Eyes in the Light of Evolution.”

On Friday, Feb. 10, Sarah Jordan of the Center for Inquiry will give a talk titled “Is Intelligent Design Science?” at 3:30 p.m. Affiliated with SUNY Buffalo, the Center for Inquiry is an international nonprofit organization that encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism and society.

Immediately following Jordan’s talk, Dr. Timothy Madigan of St. John Fisher College’s philosophy and classical studies department will speak on “Darwin and Dewey: The Continuing Relevance of Evolution to Philosophy” at 4:30 p.m.

On Monday, Feb. 13, two Oswego professors will conclude the Darwin Day series. At 3:30, Dr. Rebecca Burch of the psychology department will talk about “The Role of Resemblance in Human Interaction.” At 4:30 p.m., Dr. Ann Bunch of the anthropology department will address “Darwin and ‘The Science of Man’: Discovering the Missing Links of Past and Present.”

For more on Darwin Day, see For more information on SUNY Oswego’s observance of Darwin Day, call the college’s Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Center at 312-3236.

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(Posted: Feb 01, 2006)