Charles Darwin Bicentennial Week at BYU

For those of you who live close enough to BYU, come join us for Charles Darwin Bicentennial Week at BYU 1809-2009. It is the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150 anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species.

How Darwin’s Big Idea Has Improved the Human Condition: Three Vignettes for Discussion
Evolution and Modern Medicine—Keith Crandall, Department of Biology
Evolution in Forensics, Food, & Conservation—Byron Adams, Department of Biology
Evolution and Behavior—Jerry Johnson, Department of Biology
09 February 2009—6pm—455 MARB

The Many Faces of Charles Darwin
Daniel Fairbanks, Professor and Head, Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
10 February 2009—12 noon—321 Maeser Building Auditorium

An Approach to Understanding the Creation
Terry Ball, Dean of Religious Education, Department of Ancient Scripture,
11 February 2009—3pm—455 MARB

On Knowing: The Times and Seasons of Joseph Smith, Abraham Lincoln, and Charles Darwin
Riley Nelson, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
11 February 2009—7pm—455 MARB

The Legacy of Charles Darwin: Seeking Grandeur in the View of Life
Michael Whiting, Professor, Department of Biology
Birthday cake will be served following the lecture
12 February 2009—7pm—3220 Wilkinson Student Center

The Evolution of Charles Darwin: A Bicentennial Celebration
Scott Ritter, Professor & Chair, Department of Geology
12 February 2009—6:30pm reception, 7pm Lecture—377 Clyde Building

Darwin and the Human Fossil Record
Duane Jeffery, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology
13 February 2009—3pm—445 MARB

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17 Responses to Charles Darwin Bicentennial Week at BYU

  1. Julie M. Smith says:

    Any chance of these becoming available online?

  2. But…but…but!! [paste a bunch of scriptures from Genesis]


  3. Ben says:

    Thanks for posting this. My wife and I are reading Origin of Species this year for FHE and will attend as many of these events as possible this month.

  4. Ben says:

    …by the way, which of these do you feel are “must see”?

  5. Nitsav says:

    I’m particularly interested to hear what the Rel.Ed. guy has to say, since his PhD is in Archaeobotany.

  6. Aaron Brown says:

    Of course, right-thinking Mormons know that BYU professors only teach evolution because of their obligation to teach worldly knowledge. It’s not as if they really believe in the stuff, or anything!


    Aaron B

  7. Jared* says:

    Aw MAN, I wish I could be there! Let us know about online potential. Otherwise, we’ll be expecting a full report.

  8. Dave C. says:

    I believe that BYU has a responsibility to teach evolution to its fullest, anything less would be unscientific. I teach things in my research methods class that I disagree with because they are contrary to the doctrines of the restored gospel, yet I have a responsibility to teach them.
    Yet, as a BYU faculty member, I also have a responsibility to point out inconsistencies between the doctrines of the gospel and mankind’s doctrines, and to encourage students to discuss these differences.
    I will be attending some of the seminars to see if the presenters point out potential inconsistencies between neo-darwinism and the gospel, or at least acknowledge that not all Latter-day Saints agree with every aspect of evolution. Failure to take this critical perspective will be construed by me as a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate students, or a manifestation of absent minded professor syndrome – neither is desireable.

  9. SteveP says:

    Oh, don’t worry Dave, there will be plenty of self-appointed watchdogs making sure their brand of the ‘Orthodox Religion’ is being represented. :)

  10. Dave C. says:

    Thanks. I am feeling much better now. :)

  11. Tatiana says:

    These sound so good! I wish I could be there. I echo Julie in asking if any will be available online. I’d love to see them.

  12. Rich says:

    Awesome. What and where is the MARB (for those of us that didn’t attend BYU).

  13. Cap says:

    Sweet, sounds good I will have to make it to at least one of them.

  14. Jared* says:

    The MARB is the Thomas L. Martin Building. It’s number 57 on this map.

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  16. Jay Z. says:

    Dave C’s self-righteous comments about checking up on the doctrinal representation of the meeting are chilling and stifling. God’s creations speak for themselves.

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