Evolution and Environment
 
 
 
 
All events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.
 
 
 Monday, February 11
 
 
EVENTS:
  Re:Design by Craig Baxter  
 
TIME:
  7:00pm  
 
LOCATION:
  Uris Hall Auditorium  
 
DETAILS:
 

RE:Design is a fascinating dramatisation of the 30 years of correspondence between Charles Darwin in Kent, England and Asa Gray in Boston, USA.

Adapted exclusively from their own words-including previously unpublished letters-RE:Design offers a window onto the minds and worlds of these two groundbreaking 19th century naturalists as they debate the consequences for religious belief of Darwin's new theory of evolution by natural selection.

Intellectual debate around science and religion is interwoven with gossip, opinion and anecdotes about everything from war and slavery, to family incidents and unfortunate gardening accidents!



 
 
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Tuesday, February 12

 
 
EVENTS:
  LECTURE: Speaker, Richard Harrison: "Evolutionary Biology in the 21st Centruy: What would Darwin Think?"  
 
TIME:
  5:00pm  
 
LOCATION:
  Kaufman Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University  
 
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Dr. Richard Harrison is Professor and Chair of Cornell University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The talk will address the scope of modern evolutionary biology, its interface with other disciplines, its relevance for environmental science, and how recent developments in the biological sciences have influenced the way we do research and teaching about evolution.


 
 
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 Thursday, FEBRUARY 14
 
 
EVENTS:
  SCIENTIFIC PANEL DISCUSSION: "Are we changing evolution? "  
 
TIME:
  4:00pm  
 
LOCATION:
  Biotech Conference Room, G10, Cornell University  
 
DETAILS:
 

A panel of experts discuss how human activities are changing the direction or rate of future evolution.

Panelists:
Dr. Gregory P. Dietl
Dr. Lisa Paciulli
Nelson Hariston
David Winkler

Moderator: Dr. Warren D. Allmon

 
 
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EVENTS:
  LECTURE: Speaker, Dr. Lynn Margulis:"Darwin's truths and symbiogenesis"  
 
TIME:
  7:00 pm  
 
LOCATION:
  Biotech Conference Room, G10, Cornell University  
 
DETAILS:
  Dr. Margulis is Distinguished University Professor in teh Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is best known for her theory of symbiogenesis, which challenges a central tenet of neodarwinism. She argues that inherited variation, significant in evolution, does not come mainly from random mutations. Rather new tissues, organs, and even new species evolve primarily through the long-lasting intimacy of strangers. The fusion of genomes in symbioses followed by natural selection, she suggests, leads to increasingly complex levels of individuality  
 
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 Friday, FEBRUARY 15
 
 
EVENTS:
  SCIENTIFIC PANEL DISCUSSION: "Genetically modified organisms and evolution"  
 
TIME:
  5:00pm  
 
LOCATION:
  Lewis Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University  
 
DETAILS:
 

A panel of experts discuss what, if any, are the implications of GMOs for future evolutionary change.

Panelists:
John Losey
Ray Wu
David Stern
Cliff Kraft

Moderator: Will Provine

 
 
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EVENTS:
  Kol Haverim Sponsored Event:
"The Menschlekeit of Charles Darwin" by Ann Druyan, sponsored by Kol Haverim
 
 
TIME:
  7:00pm  
 
LOCATION:
  Lifelong Center, 119 West Court Street  
 
DETAILS:
 

Ann Dryuan will speak about "The Menschlekeit of Charles Darwin" (that's Yiddish for the good-heartedness or good character of Charles Darwin) on Friday, Feb 15 at 7:00 at Lifelong Center, 119 West Court Street.

Ms. Druyan was a collaborator with her late husband, Carl Sagan, and co-authored the Cosmos series and co-produced the movie Contact. She continues to write and produce media that explore the wonders of our natural world.

The event is sponsored by Kol Haverim, Ithaca's Humanistic Judaism Community

 

 

 

 
         
 
 
 Saturday, FEBRUARY 16
 
 
EVENTS:
  Family fun activities at the Museum of the Earth!  
 
TIME:
  11am-3pm  
 
LOCATION:
  Museum of the Earth  
 
DETAILS:
  Join us for a fun filled day of ongoing ongoing activities, experiments, and games about Charles Darwin, evolution and much more. Included in Museum admission  
 
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EVENTS:
  LECTURE: Natural History at Noon  
 
TIME:
  12:00-1:00pm  
 
LOCATION:
  Museum of the Earth  
 
DETAILS:
 

Director Warren D. Allmon will give a Natural History at Noon lecture entitled "Why Darwin Still Matters"

Included in Museum admission

 
 
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EVENTS:
  DARWIN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY  
 
TIME:
  6:30-8:30PM  
 
LOCATION:
  Museum of the Earth  
 
DETAILS:
 

Join us for food, drink, selections from Darwin’s favorite music, and a reading of unpublished works and letters of Darwin by PRI Director Warren Allmon and Sheila Dean of the Darwin Correspondence Project. RSVP to degen@museumoftheearth.org or 607.273.6623 x11


 
 
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Sunday, FEBRUARY 17
 
 
EVENTS:
  FILM SCREENING: "Master and Commander"  
 
TIME:
  7:15pm  
 
LOCATION:
  Cornell University Cinema at Willard Straight Hall  
 
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Taking place during the Napoleonic wars, "Master and Commander" tells the story of a British Naval Commander and his ship as he visits the very same area's Darwin visited on his journeys. Themes of evolution and natural selection peek through this well crafted adventure film, adapted from the book of the same title by Patrick O'Brian.

  • General Public: $6.50 or: $5.00 + 1/10 (or 1/8) Ithaca Hour!
  • Senior Citizens: $5.00
  • Students & kids 12 and under: $4.00


 
 
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