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(last updated: January 2010)
The Darwin 2009 series of events hosted by the University of Oklahoma has been a great success. These events brought to our campus some of the world's most accomplished historians of biology, popularisers of science, and practicing scientists. The Darwin 2009 steering committee sought to provoke spirited and engaging debate about the many aspects of evolutionary theory as applied across the sciences, but also to prompt deeper thought and reflection upon the not insignificant cultural impact that an evolutionary understadning of our origins has had. This series, one of the largest in the world, celebrated the life and work of Charles Darwin. 2009 was the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species, and the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth. The Darwin 2009 steering committee would like to extend warm and sincere thanks to all who participated in this series, and contributed to its success.

University Faculty explain why Darwin's work
remains important for us today...
Dr. Piers J. Hale
Department of the History of Science
Dr. Cecil Lewis
Department of Anthropology

Prof. Steve Westrop
Invertebrate Paleontology, SNOMNH

Dr. Kerry Magruder
OU History of Science Collections
Darwin 2009 Dreamcourse lectures now online
Thanks to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, all lectures are now available as video podcasts. Find them here

Richard Dawkins Talk available as a video podcast

Richard Dawkins' lecture "The Purpose of Purpose" is available through the "Dawkins' Visit" link below left.

"Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history..."

Charles Darwin image courtesy of British Heritage

Charles Robert Darwin

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed, into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning, endless forms, most beautiful and most wonderful, have been and are being, evolved."

On the Origin of Species (1859)

Contact Us:
For general enquiries or to be placed on our events mailing list please email: DarwinEvents@ou.edu

Co-Chairs of the Darwin 2009 Committee:
Dr. Piers J.Hale:
Professor Ingo Schlupp:

Professor Barry Weaver:
Dr. Stephen Weldon:

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

Finches from the Zoology of the Beagle courtesy of the Darwin Online Project

illustration from the Zoology of the Beagle


The "Darwin Online Library" of scanned first editions is provided courtesy of Dr. John van Wyhe at the Darwin Online Project

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