BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 5, 2009 – Charles Darwin enthusiasts and scholars will offer contemporary perspectives on the English naturalist's theory of evolution through natural selection at the Nov. 4 Celebration of Darwin conference at Virginia Tech.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. The Celebration of Darwin will take place at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“Darwin’s ideas are as important today as they were in his own day,” said Ron Lewis, associate professor of animal and poultry sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “The ‘Celebration of Darwin’ will give us a chance to explore how we’ve come to be where we are today in science, contemporary thinking, and philosophy.”
The morning session will feature three internationally renowned Darwin scholars:
The afternoon agenda will include three concurrent sessions of presentations, each aligning with a theme addressed by the keynote speakers. The program concludes with an evening reception followed by an original performance of Living Darwin created and produced by Virginia Tech’s Theatre Workshop in Science and Technology Studies.
The Celebration of Darwin is one of several university-sponsored events commemorating the life and writings of Darwin:
For more information about the content of the conference, contact Ron Lewis at (540) 231-1906. For details about registration, lodging, travel, and other conference logistics, contact Dinah Girma at (540) 231-2559. The registration deadline is Oct. 21.
Free parking is available at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200.