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Scholars gather for Darwin conference, June 8

Edward Larson, 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner in history, will deliver the keynote address to a conference, "Darwins Entangled Bank: The Cultural Legacy of Evolution," Friday, June 8.

Larson will speak at 2 p.m. in 10 Guyot Hall. The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in that room.

In the 142 years since Charles Darwin wrote of evolution, his influence on modern culture has grown more complex and controversial. This conference will highlight the effects of Darwinism on bioengineering and social policy; ethical and religious conflict; ideas of place and landscape; racial and sexual difference; and animal rights and species competition.

Panelists will include: Robert Faggen, literary historian; William Grassie, director of the Philadelphia Center for Religion and Science; Alison Jolly, author and primatologist; Dieter Hessel, director of the Program on Ecology, Justice and Faith; George Levine, critic of science and literature; Londa Schiebinger, historian of science; Max Stackhouse, expert on theological ethics; and Louise Westling, authority on ecocriticism.

Also participating will be several noted Princeton faculty, including historian of science Angela Creager, ecologist Simon Levin, molecular biologist Lee Silver and ethicist Peter Singer.

The conference concludes an interdisciplinary graduate seminar, taught by William Howarth, Lisa Sideris and Laura Sayre of the Princeton faculty and sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion, with funding provided by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Templeton Foundation.

The conference is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited and registration is required by e-mailing Sideris . A full schedule of conference events is available by clicking here .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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