Beginning in Fall 2008, the Year of Darwin celebration will host regularly scheduled events pertaining to Charles Darwin, evolution and associated science topics. Additional events, sponsored by departments across campus, will also be held throughout the year.

If your campus department or organization is holding a Darwin/Evolution-related event, please fill out our event submission form so that we may include it in our list of activities. Inclusion in the list is subject to the discretion of the Year of Darwin committee.

All events are open to the public unless otherwise specified. Additional details forthcoming.

Year of Darwin Speakers & Events
August 28, 2008—David Quammen (Fall Convocation)

Severance Hall: 4:30 p.m. - Online registration is now open.

David Quammen is a journalist and his book "The Reluctant Mr. Darwin," will be assigned to incoming students as part of the 2008 Common Reading Program.

Watch the video of David Quammen's presentation.

September 9, 2008—Gary Litman (Ecker Lecture)

Wolstein Research Building, Auditorium (Rm. 1413): noon

Professor Litman (University of South Florida) is an authority on the evolution of the immune system. Hosted by the Department of Pathology.

Watch the video of Gary Litman's presentation.

September 11, 2008—Sean B. Carroll

Strosacker Auditorium: 6:30 p.m.

Professor Carroll (University of Wisconsin) is a highly regarded investigator who studies animal development in an evolutionary context. He is supported by the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute for his experimental work, and he has written a number of popular books on biological development and evolution. Hosted by College Scholars and SAGES.

Watch the video of Sean B. Carroll's presentation.

September 18, 2008—Robert Richards—Darwinian Moral Theory

Wolstein Research Building, Auditorium (Rm. 1413): 5:00 p.m.

Professor Richards (University of Chicago) is a noted historian of science and medicine who has published several books relating to evolutionary thought. Hosted by the Inamori Center.

Watch the video of Robert Richards' presentation.

September 19, 2008—Robert Richards—Evolution and Politics

Inamori Center Rooms 9 & 11: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Professor Richards will join the Public Affairs Friday Lunch Discussion Group to discuss Evolution and Politics

September 25, 2008—Judge John E. Jones III

Strosacker Auditorium: Lecture 5:00-6:00 p.m., Q&A 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Judge Jones is the federal judge who presided in the controversial trial pertaining to the teaching of intelligent design in Dover, PA. Hosted by the School of Law.

Watch the video of Judge John E. Jones III's presentation.

September 26, 2008—Richard Katskee and Lauri Lebo—The Devil in Dover and elsewhere: the personal side of the Creationism controversy

Clark Hall, room 309: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Richard Katskee is an attorney for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Lauri Lebo is a journalist who covered the Dover, PA intelligent design trial. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.

October 9, 2008—Dr. Thomas Near

312 De Grace Hall: 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Thomas Near (Yale University) will discuss climate change and diversification of Antarctic fishes. Sponsored by the Biology Department. Contact Professor Oldfield for additional information.

October 14, 2008—Neil Shubin

Cleveland Museum of Natural History: 7:00 p.m.

Admission is free, but tickets—available from the museum box office, 216.231.1177—are required for entry.

Professor Shubin (University of Chicago) is a well-known paleontologist who studies the morphological and developmental origins of the tetrapod limb. He recently discovered Tiktaalik, a species linking aquatic "lobe-finned" fishes with early terrestrial tetrapods. Held in conjunction with the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's annual meeting in downtown Cleveland.

October 16, 2008—Edward J. Larson—From Dayton to Dover: A History of the Evolution Teaching Legal Controversy in America

School of Law, Moot Court Room: 4:30 p.m.

Professor Larson (Pepperdine University) is a noted historian and legal scholar and Pulitzer Prize winner who has written on the controversies relating to the teaching of evolution in the United States. William A. Brahms Lecture on Law and Religion presented by the Center for Professional Ethics

October 22, 2008—Jerry Coyne

School of Medicine E401: 4:00 p.m.

Professor Coyne (University of Chicago) is a leading evolutionary geneticist and authority on speciation. Hosted by Pathology and Genetics.

October 30, 2008—John Holland

1. White 411: 11:30 \x96 12:30 p.m.
A research-based talk entitled, "Agent-based Models of Language Acquisition and Evolution." Hosted by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, School of Engineering.

2. Peter B. Lewis Bldg., Room 106: 4:00 \x96 5:00 p.m.
A talk for a general university audience entitled, "Modeling Complex Adaptive Systems." Hosted by Department of Operations, Weatherhead School of Management.

Professor Holland (University of Michigan) is a pioneer in computer science and the originator of genetic algorithms.

Watch the video of John Holland's presentation, Modeling Complex Adaptive Systems.

November 6, 2008—Robert Hazen—Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origins

De Grace Hall 312: 4:30 p.m.

Professor Robert Hazen (Carnegie Institution and George Mason University) is a respected and widely published geochemist who studies chemical evolution and the origin of life and has a mineral “hazenite” named after him. Hosted by the Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi the Scientific Research Society.

November 12, 2008—Scott Barolo, Ph.D.—Enhancer Logic: Structure, Function, and Evolution of Cis-Regulatory DNA

School of Medicine, Conference Room BRB 105: 11:00 a.m. - noon

Scott Barolo is Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan Medical School.

November 24, 2008—Ronald Numbers—Darwin\x92s Legacy: Place, Race, Religion and Gender

Goodyear Auditorium, 108 Clapp Hall: 4:15 p.m.

Ronald Numbers is the Coleman Professor of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, America's top historian of science and author of The Creationists, Darwinism Comes to America, and Disseminating Darwinism. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Hosted by the History & Philosophy of Science Program and Case Western Reserve's new Institute for the Science of Origins.

December 4, 2008—Dr. Steven N. Austad (Kohn Memorial Lecture)

Wolstein Research Building, Auditorium (Rm. 1413): 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Austad (University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio) is an authority on the evolutionary aspects of aging. Hosted by the Department of Pathology.

December 4, 2008—Dr. Hans Hofmann

De Grace Hall 312: 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Hans Hofmann (U. Texas) will speak about Molecular Systems Analyses of Plastic Brains Engaged in Social Behavior. Sponsored by the Biology Department. Contact Professor Oldfield for additional information.

January 16, 2009—Dr. Randolph Nesse

Wolstein Research Building, Auditorium (Rm. 1413): noon

Professor Nesse (University of Michigan) is a leading authority on the application of evolutionary principles to clinical medicine. Hosted by the Department of Pathology.

February 14, 2009—Floyd Sandford (Darwin Day)

Cleveland Museum of Natural History: 3:30 \x96 4:45 p.m. performance followed by 30 minute discussion.
Admission to this performance (but not to the rest of the Museum) is free and open to the public but requires a ticket. Tickets may be reserved by calling (216) 231-1177 or by registering online.

Professor Sandford is an emeritus member of the Biology Department at Coe College. He performs a one-man show entitled "Darwin Remembers" and lectures on Darwin. Hosted by John Orlock of the Theater Department.

February 19, 2009—Floyd Romesberg—Efforts to Expand the Genetic Alphabet

Goodyear Lecture Hall (Clapp 108): 4:30 p.m.

Floyd Romesberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Scripps Research Institute. Hosted by Professor Carlos Crespo, Department of Chemistry, as part of the Sixty-Eighth Frontiers in Chemistry Lecture Series.

February 25, 2009—Hayagreeva Rao—Darwin and the Evolution of Industries and Firms

Dively Center Room 202: 4 p.m.

Professor Hayagreeva Rao is the Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at Stanford University where he studies the social and cultural causes of organizational change. Sponsored the by Weatherhead School of Management.

What are the motors of evolutionary change in industries and firms? In this talk, Professor Rao discuss how technological innovation and social movement are motors of variation that transform industries, and elucidate how 'selection' in industries hinges on technical and social fitness. He thens turn to variation and selection in firms, and closes with an account of the challenges for harnessing collective intelligence in enterprises.

March 3, 2009—E. O. Wilson—From So Simple a Beginning: Darwin and the Future of Biology

Severance Hall: 5:30 p.m.

Professor Wilson (Harvard University) is an emeritus faculty member and an eminent evolutionary biologist and popular writer who has won two Pulitzer Prizes. E. O. Wilson is the 2009 Distinguished Lecture Series speaker.

March 17-19, 2009—Angela Belcher (Van Horn Lecture Series)

Locations and times to be determined

Professor Belcher (MIT) is a highly regarded young investigator who exploits the principles exemplified in biological structures to design new materials. She will give three presentations:

  • From Nature and Back Again: Giving New Life to Materials for Future Technology
  • Genetically Engineered Materials for Energy Applications
  • Bacteriophage as a Toolkit for Nanomaterials

Hosted by Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

April 1, 2009—Mark Stoneking, Ph.D.—Detecting Local Selection in Human Populations

Biomedical Research Building Frohring Auditorium (2109 Adelbert Road): 12:30 p.m.

Mark Stoneking, Ph.D., is professor at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany; director of the Molecular Anthropology Group; and honorary professor of biological anthropology at the University of Leipzig. Presented by the Center for Global Health and Diseases.

April 1, 2009—John van Wyhe, Ph.D. —Charles Darwin: The True Story

Kelvin Smith Library O’Neill Reading Room, 2nd Floor: 12:30 p.m.

Wyhe is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge and director of The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online. Sponsored by the Kelvin Smith Library and the Institute for the Science of Origins

April 2, 2009—Julius Rebek, Jr.—Molecular Self-Assembly

Goodyear Lecture Hall (Clapp 108): 4:30 p.m.

Julius Rebek, Jr. is Director of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology and Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, at The Scripps Research Institute. Hosted by Professor Irene Lee, Department of Chemistry, as part of the Sixty-Eighth Frontiers in Chemistry Lecture Series.

April 8, 2009—Sarah Tishkoff—The genetic basis of human adaptation in Africa

Clapp Hall 108: 4:30 p.m.

Professor Tishkoff (University of Pennsylvania) is a highly respected geneticist and anthropologist who has made significant contributions to the understanding of human evolution through studies of genetic variation with particular emphasis on the genetic history of East African populations. Hosted by the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, and Evolutionary Biology.

April 16, 2009—M. Reza Ghadiri—Systems Chemistry

Goodyear Lecture Hall (Clapp 108): 4:30 p.m.

M. Reza Ghadiri is Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, at The Scripps Research Institute. Hosted by Professor Gregory Tochtrop, Department of Chemistry, as part of the Sixty-Eighth Frontiers in Chemistry Lecture Series.

April 20, 2009—Neil Greenspan, M.D., Ph.D.—Against Medical Utopianism: An Evolutionary Perspective

Wolstein Research Building, Auditorium (Rm. 1413): noon

Dr. Greenspan is Professor of Pathology at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine. Hosted by the Department of Pathology.

April 23, 2009—Laura F. Landweber—RNA-Mediated Epigenetic Inheritance

Goodyear Lecture Hall (Clapp 108): 4:30 p.m.

Laura F. Landweber is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Hosted by Professor Rajesh Viswanathan, Department of Chemistry, as part of the Sixty-Eighth Frontiers in Chemistry Lecture Series.