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"The World Before Darwin" - Lecture 1 of "Origin of Species" 150th Anniversary Lecture Series - at Harvard University

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

"The World Before Darwin" - Lecture 1 of "Origin of...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Lecture 1: The World Before Darwin
8:00 PM EST/ 5:00 PM PST (90 minute lecture and Q&A)

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology

Wednesday, September 16, at 8pm Eastern time at Harvard University and live via teleconference, Harvard Professor of the History of Science, Everett Mendelsohn, will deliver the inaugural lecture of the 150th anniversary "Origin of Species" lecture series hosted by The Reading Odyssey and the Darwin Facebook project.

Sponsors include National Geographic, Citrix Online and their HiDef Conferencing Division, Campaign Monitor,  Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, National Center for Science Education, Squarespace, Creation The Movie, and The New York Academy of Sciences.

Professor Mendelsohn will speak on "The World Before Darwin" drawing from his popular undergraduate course, "The Darwinian Revolution" and his many decades of experience studying the history of science and the impact of Darwin.

Note: this lecture is the first of five lectures in the Fall of 2009 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of "On the Origin of Species." To register for the other lectures in the series go here:

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Everett Mendelsohn
Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus
Research Professor of the History of Science

Everett Mendelsohn has been on the faculty of the Department of the History of Science since 1960. He has worked extensively on the history of the life sciences as well as on aspects of the social and sociological history of science and the relations of science and modern societies. Prior to retirement, he taught a large undergraduate course as part of Harvard's Core Curriculum, which focuses on science and society in the twentieth century; also he is the former Master of Dudley House, the graduate student center.

He is the founder and former editor of the Journal of the History of Biology and a founder of the yearbook Sociology of the Sciences. He serves(d) on the editorial boards of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Social Science and Medicine, Social Epistemology, Social Studies of Science, and Fundamenta Scientiae, among others.

He is past president of the International Council for Science Policy Studies and has been deeply involved in the relations between science and modern war as a founder of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Committee on Science, Arms Control, and National Security, and the American Academy of Arts and Science's Committee on International Security Studies. He was a founder and first president of the Cambridge based Institute for Peace and International Security. He was awarded the Gregor Mendel Medal of the reorganized Czechoslovak Academy of Science in 1991. During 1994 he held the Olof Palme Professorship in Sweden. He received recognition for his teaching when awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize in 1996.

Among recent publications are the jointly edited volumes, The Practices of Human Genetics (1999); Biology as Society, Society as Biology: Metaphors (1994); Technology, Pessimism and Postmodernism (1993);Science, Technology, and the Military (1988). He has also written recent articles including: "Thinking Like a Mountain: The Epistemological Puzzle of Environmentalism;" "The Politics of Pessimism: Science and Technology Circa 1968;" "Prophet of Our Discontent, Lewis Mumford Confronts the Bomb;" "The Social Locus of Scientific Instruments;" "Religious Fundamentalism and the Sciences;" and "Grasping the Elusive Peace in the Middle East."
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