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Darwin Cake
Richard Dawkins, Ingo Sclupp and Barry Weaver
Dean Bell cuts the Darwin 2009 cake February 12th
Richard Dawkins, Rosemary Knapp and Richard Broughton
John Lynch and Piers Hale
Ken Taylor gives the openning Dreamcourse Lecture
John Beatty receives a Darwin 2009 shirt March 12th
Bernie Lightman
Richard Dawkins and Deborah Kay
Garland Allen Lecture on Darwin, Marx and Wagner April 16th
John Beatty and piers Hale
John Beatty Lectures on Darwin and Gould
Richard Dawkins and Vanessa Harvey
Book Exhibit of first editions for the Darwinian Revolution class
Piers Hale and Joe Cain
Tamara Holmes, Richard Dawkins, Piers Hale
Stephen Weldon and bernard Lightman
John Lynch teaching the OSLEP Seminar February 11th to 15th
Garland Allen explains the relationship between base and superstructure
Richard Dawkins and Darwin 2009 Students
Darwinian Revolution course flyer
Edward Wison spoke at Chicasha, OK
John Lynch becomes an Oklahoma Sooner
John Beatty setting up at SNOMNH
Students travel from Texas and Illinois to hear Dawkins speak
Richard Dawkins visits the History of Science Collections
John van Wyhe
HMS Beagle
Joe Cain
First Edition of the Origin at the OU History of Science Collections
Bernie Lightman
Richard Dawkins and Darwin 2009 Students
Book Exhibit of first editions for the Darwinian Revolution class
Piers Hale and Joe Cain
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About Darwin 2009
Past Events Archive, Spring 2009

Spring 2009 Past Events Archive
Welcome to the Archive! Here you will find the details of all the events at the Darwin 2009 events from the Spring semester of 2009. We think you will agree that it was a truly outstanding series... we look forward to continuing the discussions, collaborations and celebrations into the Fall Semester!!

Lectures and Events:
(all events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated)

January 22:
“Darwinian Revolution” Dreamcourse Speakers Series:
Ken Taylor: (Professor Emeritus, OU History of Science)
“Volcanology before Darwin: from burning mountains to igneous global
dynamics.” 6:00pm, Kerr Auditorium, SNOMNH. Open to the public.
Dreamcourse Speakers Series website
For more information contact Piers Hale: phale@ou.edu

January 28:

Zoology Seminar Series: Sutton Lecture:
Allen Orr, (University of Rochester Biology Department)
"The Genetics of Speciation"
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

January 29:
E.E.B. Graduate Student Lecture and Sutton Lecture:
**Please note that the talk by Prof. Orr at the museum
tonight it has been cancelled due to the recent bad weather. It will be rescheduled for next semester.
Allen Orr, (University of Rocjester Biology Department)
“Darwin, Evolution and Design.”
SNOMNH: 7:30pm
Dr. Orr will be awarded the prestigious Darwin Wallace Medal by the Council of the Linnean Society of London, the world's oldest active biological society. The medal, which is given only once every 50 years, will be awarded February 12, 2009, the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin.
His talk at OU will provide a survey of the Darwinian revolution. Orr will also consider briefly the attacks on Darwinism from various forms of creationism and why evolutionary biologists conclude that these attacks are wrong. Orr also considers what larger conclusions about the nature of the interaction between science and religion do and do not follow from this conflict.
A free public lecture organized by the University of Oklahoma Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program and sponsored by the Sutton Lecture Series on behalf of the Sutton Foundation,the Department of Zoology, Department of Botany and Microbiology, and SNOMNH.
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

February 3:
“Darwinian Revolution” Dreamcourse Speakers Series:
Dr. Paul White (Cambridge University)
“Darwin’s Emotions”
6:00pm, Kerr Auditorium, SNOMNH.
Dreamcourse Speakers Series website
For more information contact Piers Hale: phale@ou.edu

February 4:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Gabriel Costa
, (University of Oklahoma, Department. of Zoology)
Species Richness Gradients, Factors Shaping Geographical Range Limits, and
Niche Conservatism
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

February 11:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Scott Waddell
, (University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of
Neurobiology)
Neural Circuit Control of Memory and Motivation in Drosophila
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm.
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

February 11-15:
"Darwin" OSLEP Course.
Hosted by the SNOMNH, Sponsored by OSLEP, open to enrolled students
only. A five Day intensive course taught by the award winning scholar and teacher, Professor John M. Lynch (Arizona State University.) Organized by the Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program (OSLEP) and hosted by the SNOMNH. OU Faculty co-ordinator: Piers J. Hale.
For more information see: OSLEP "Darwin" or contact Helen DeBolt: htdebolt@ou.edu

February 12:
"Darwin@OU 2009" Opening Ceremony, and “Darwinian Revolution”
Dreamcourse Speakers Series:
John M. Lynch: "Was There a Darwinian Revolution?
" SNOMNH 7:00-9:30pm. Open to the public. The opening ceremony for the
University of Oklahoma celebrations and commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species
and the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth. Hosted by the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, the opening address will be delivered by the historian and philosopher of science, John M. Lynch. Lynch is an Honors Fellow at Arizona State University and its Center for Biology and Society. The title of his lecture will be "Was There a Darwinian Revolution?"
Dreamcourse Speakers Series website
For more information contact Piers J. Hale: phale@ou.edu or Helen DeBolt: htdebolt@ou.edu

February 13:
“Darwin across the Disciplines.”
SNOMNH all day event. A day-long series of
round-table panel discussions by faculty from across the university on the
importance of Darwin and evolutionary theory to their disciplines. The morning session will feature expert speakers in the natural and physical
sciences, afternoon sessions will feature experts in the humanities and social
sciences. This, as with all Darwin 2009 events will be open to the public. This workshop is sponsored by the OU Honors College.
For more information contact Rich Hamerla: rhamerla@ou.edu

February 18:
Zoology Seminar Series: (Sutton Lecture)

Pamela S. Soltis, (University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History.)
Polyploid Evolution in Plants: Genetic and Genomic Consequences
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

February 19:
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Lecture Series
Pam Soltis
, Curator, (Florida Museum of Natural History.)
“Darwin's 'Abominable Mystery'”
7:30 pm - SNOMNH
Flowers and the fruits and seeds they produce, feed and beautify the world. The flowering plants sprang into the fossil record, suddenly and worldwide, much to Charles Darwin's frustration. Dr. Soltis tells of the discoveries that are shedding new light on Darwin's "abominable mystery." A free public lecture organized by the University of Oklahoma Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program and sponsored by the Sutton Lecture Series on behalf of the Sutton Foundation, the Department of Zoology, Department of Botany and Microbiology, and SNOMNH.
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

February 25:
Zoology Seminar Series:
David McCauley
, (University of Oklahoma, Department of Zoology)
SoxE Genes and the Evolution and Development of Chondrogenic Neural Crest
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

February 26:
“Darwinian Revolution” Dreamcourse Speakers Series:
Michael Ruse
(Florida State University)
“Is ‘Darwinism' past its ‘sell-by’ date?”
6:00pm, Kerr Auditorium, SNOMNH
Dreamcourse Speakers Series website
For more information contact Piers Hale: phale@ou.edu

March 4:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Nick Matzke
(University of California at Berkeley, Department of Integrative
Biology) "The Evolution of Antievolutionism"
"'Intelligent design' and various modern antievolution strategies evolved
from creationism. This talk will show how we know this, and why it is important to know where antievolutionism comes from."
For more information contact Rich Broughton: rbroughon@ou.edu
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm

March 6:
Darwin 2009 Special Invitation Lecture
Richard Dawkins
“The Purpose of Purpose”
OU Field House, 7:00pm,
(Please take your seat by 6:45)
Contact Barry Weaver: bweaver@ou.edu
(For details of Richard Dawkins' visit to OU click here.)

March 11:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Justin Wright
, (Duke University, Biology Department)
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

March 12:
“Darwinian Revolution” Dreamcourse Speakers Series:
John Beatty (University of British Columbia)
“Evolutionary Contingency and its broader implications in the work of
Charles Darwin and Stephen Jay Gould”
6:00pm, Kerr Auditorium, SNOMNH.
Dreamcourse Speakers Series website
For more information contact Piers Hale: phale@ou.edu

March 24:
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Lecture Series
Wolfgang Thaler and Dr. Bert Hölldobler
“Ants: Nature's Secret Power.”
Film screening and talk. 7:30 pm - SNOMNH
They have inhabited our planet for millions of years, and yet no living
creature seems more alien to us. Award-winning cameraman Wolfgang Thaler and Dr. Bert Hölldobler, a leading ant authority, bring us face-to-face with the mysterious world of these social insects with this remarkable film.
A free public lecture organized by the University of Oklahoma Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program and sponsored by the Sutton Lecture Series on behalf of the Sutton Foundation, the Department of Zoology, Department of Botany and Microbiology, and SNOMNH.

March 25:
Zoology Seminar Series: (Sutton Lecture)
Bert Hölldobler, (Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences)
Regulation of Reproduction in Primitive and Advanced Ant Societies
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

March 25:
History of Science Colloquium

Professor Bernard Lightman,
(York University, Canada)
"Darwin and the Popularisers"
History of Science Colloquium
Price 2040: 4:30pm.
For more information contact Piers Hale: phale@ou.edu

March 26:
SNOMNH Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Lecture Series
Bert Hölldobler, Foundation Professor, Arizona State University.
“Order in Chaos: Communication and Cooperation in Ant Societies”
7:30pm. Kerr Auditorium.
Ants are a remarkably successful because sister ants cooperate to perform feats impossible for individuals. The challenge has been to unlock the key to an ant colony's gift for mass communication. Dr. Hölldobler relates a lifetime of discoveries on the grammar of chemicals and rhythm that ants use to organize labor, plot war against other colonies, and negotiate truces. A free public lecture organized by the University of Oklahoma Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program and sponsored by the Sutton Lecture Series on behalf of the Sutton Foundation, the Department of Zoology, Department of Botany and Microbiology, and SNOMNH.

March 26th:
USAO 3rd Annual Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium:
E.O. Wilson
"The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth"
World renowned evolutionary biologist and ethologist E.O. Wilson will be speaking at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha.
For more information call: (405) 224-3140.

April 1:

Zoology Seminar Series:
Tao Zhao, (University of Oklahoma, Department of Zoology)
Split ends, a Transcriptional Regulator, Inhibits the Actin Cytoskeleton to
Regulate Neuronal Remodeling During Metamorphosis
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm.
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

April 8:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Anne Magurran, (University of St. Andrews, School of Biology)
Biodiversity and Time
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm.
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

April 9:
“Darwinian Revolution” Dreamcourse Speakers Series:
Dr. John van Wyhe (Cambridge University, & Darwin Online Project.)
“Darwin’s Secret? Was the theory of evolution really held back for twenty
years?” 6:00pm, Kerr Auditorium, SNOMNH.
Dreamcourse Speakers Series website
For more information contact Piers Hale: phale@ou.edu

April 15:

Zoology Seminar Series:
Garland Allen, (Washington University in Saint Louis, Biology Department)
Mendel's Legacy: The Use and Abuse of Genetics,
1900-1950. What Can We Learn from the Past?
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

April 16:
“Darwinian Revolution” Dreamcourse Speakers Series:
Garland Allen,
(Washington University in St. Louis.)
“Darwin, Marx and Wagner” 6:00pm, Kerr Auditorium, SNOMNH.
Dreamcourse Speakers Series website
For more information contact Piers Hale: phale@ou.edu

April 21:
“Darwinian Revolution” Dreamcourse Speakers Series:
Joe Cain
, (University College, London.)
“A Monkey’s Uncle: The 1925 Scopes Trial wasn’t what you think!” 6:00pm,
Kerr Auditorium, SNOMNH.
Dreamcourse Speakers Series website
For more information contact Piers Hale: phale@ou.edu

April 22:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Lukas Keller
, (University of Zurich-Irchel, Zoological Museum)
From Agriculture to Theory to Conservation Biology:
Inbreeding and its Consequences
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm.
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

April 29:
Zoology Seminar Series:
William R. Jeffery
, (University of Maryland, Department of Biology)
Evolution and Development: A View from the Blind Cavefish, Astyanax
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

April 30:
Shell Colloquium Series:
Barry Weaver. (ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics)
Sarkeys Energy Center, Room A235, 3:30pm.
"Darwin in the South Atlantic: Volcanic Islands Then and Now"
For more information contact Barry Weaver: bweaver@ou.edu

May 6:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Brian Langerhans
, (OU, Dept of Zoology and Biological Station)
Predicting Evolution in a Genus of Livebearing Fish
George Lynn Cross (GLC) Room 123. 4:30pm.
For more information contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

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

Charles Darwin image courtesy of British Heritage

Charles Robert Darwin
(1809-1882)

"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)

Courses for Spring 2009

Presidential Dreamcourse
HSCI 2213
“Darwinian Revolution”
Instructor:
Dr. Piers J. Hale
Classes open to enrolled OU students. Evening lecture series hosted by
SNOMNH and open to the public.
website:
Darwin Dreamcourse

PHIL 3613
"Philosophy of Biology"

Instructor:
Dr. Jim Hawthorne
What is the nature of Biological Organisms? How did they originate and how have they developed and changed over time. Why the theory of evolution by natural selection provides our best scientific answer to these questions.
OSLEP "Darwin"
Dr. John Lynch
Faculty Coordinator Piers J. Hale
Students from colleges and universities across the state may register for this 5 day intensive course on Darwin, and the histories of evolution and anti-evolutionism.
This is a full 3-credit hour course. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to enroll. Contact: Helen deBolt htdebolt@ou.edu

 

Contact Us:
For general enquiries please email us at: DarwinEvents@ou.edu

Co-Chairs of the Darwin 2009 Committee:
Dr. Piers J.Hale:
phale@ou.edu
Prof. Ingo Schlupp:
schlupp@ou.edu
Prof. Barry Weaver: bweaver@ou.edu
Dr. Stephen Weldon:
spweldon@ou.edu

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Richard Dawkins and Deborah Kay
Piers Hale and Joe Cain
Book Exhibit of first editions for the Darwinian Revolution class
Darwinian Revolution course flyer
John Beatty Lectures on Darwin and Gould
Garland Allen Lecture on Darwin, Marx and Wagner April 16th
Richard Dawkins visits the History of Science Collections
Richard Dawkins and Vanessa Harvey
Ken Taylor gives the openning Dreamcourse Lecture
John Beatty and piers Hale
Darwin Cake
Stephen Weldon and bernard Lightman
1837 notebook courtesy of Darwin Online Project
Bernie Lightman
Tamara Holmes, Richard Dawkins, Piers Hale
HMS Beagle
John Lynch teaching the OSLEP Seminar February 11th to 15th
Darwin's Beetles
Edward Wison spoke at Chicasha, OK
John Beatty setting up at SNOMNH
John van Wyhe
First Edition of the Origin at the OU History of Science Collections
Students travel from Texas and Illinois to hear Dawkins speak
Richard Dawkins, Rosemary Knapp and Richard Broughton
Michael Ruse lecture
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