Paleonet: Darwin Conference 2009 - announcement

J Bennington J.B.Bennington at
Thu May 15 19:09:16 UTC 2008

My colleagues and I would be grateful if anyone would bring the following to the attention of interested students and colleagues:


Darwin's Reach
A Celebration of Darwin's Legacy Across Academic Disciplines
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
March 12, 13 and 14, 2009

Conference information and a printable copy of the Call For Papers are available at:

The Hofstra University Library, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Hofstra Cultural Center present a conference:

Darwin’s Reach examines the impact of Darwin and Darwinian evolution on science and society in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Robert Darwin and the sesquicentennial of the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.

The central theme of this academic conference is an exploration of how Darwin’s ideas have revolutionized our understanding of both the living world and human nature.

Papers exploring diverse topics on Darwin’s legacy are invited from a wide variety of disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, humanities and law.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Darwin as a scientist
The reception and development of Darwinian evolution in the 19th and 20th centuries
Darwinian evolution in the 21st century
Misapplications of Darwinism
Evolution in the courts
Evolution in art and culture
Evolution and religion
Evolution and morality
Evolution and sex/gender
Evolution and medicine
Evolution and language
Evolution and socialization
Evolution and global climate change
Evolution and education

Keynote speakers include:

Frans de Waal, Ph.D., Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University; author of Chimpanzee Politics and Our Inner Ape; preeminent researcher on primate social behavior

Niles Eldredge, Ph.D., Curator of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History; curator of the Darwin exhibition; author of Charles Darwin - Discovering the Tree of Life and numerous other books on the subject of evolution

Judge John E. Jones III, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, who ruled against the Dover (Pennsylvania) area school board’s attempt to introduce teaching on "intelligent design" into school science classes

Jay Labov, Ph.D., senior advisor for education and communications at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

William F. McComas, Ph.D., Parks Family Professor of Science Education, University of Arkansas; 2007 recipient of the Evolution Education Award sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS)

Abstract Submission

The conference begins Thursday, March 12 with a daylong session on Darwin in the Classroom - Evolution and Education

Presentations will be accepted on the basis of 200-word abstracts submitted by June 16, 2008. Presentation time for papers is limited to 20 minutes.

Abstracts may be submitted online:
or mailed / emailed to:

Hofstra Cultural Center
Attn: Carol D. Mallison
113 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1130

Carol.Mallison at

Dr. J Bret Bennington
Dept. of Geology
114 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

phone: 516-463-5568
fax:      516-463-5120

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