Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes to speak Feb. 12

Edward Humes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Monkey Girl” and other books, will discuss his work at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Hewitt Union ballroom.

Sponsored by the college’s Artswego program, the Darwin Day talk will be free and open to the public. A book-signing will follow.

“Monkey Girl” chronicles the court case that challenged a ruling by the Dover, Pa., school board to include the intelligent design theory in biology classes. The resulting events included discussions not only about evolution and creation, but also about science and religion as well as church and state.

Christine Rosen of the Washington Post hailed it as “a lively and thoughtful book” where Humes shows a “talent for narrative and eye for detail” while making “a strenuous effort to be fair-minded” on a divisive, emotional issue.

The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his work in investigative journalism, his other books include “Over Here,” “School of Dreams,” “My California,” “Baby ER,” “No Matter How Loud I Shout,” “Mean Justice” and “Mississippi Mud.”

In addition to his evening talk, Humes will speak in two classes on evolution taught by Dr. Peter Rosenbaum of SUNY Oswego’s biological sciences department.

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(Posted: Jan 24, 2008)