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Inaugural Darwin-Lyell Distinguished Lecture Series

Dr. Tim M. Berra will give the first lecture on May 1st,  Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man

Dr. Berra is Academy Professor and Professor Emeritus of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University - Mansfield. He received a Ph.D. in Biology from Tulane University in 1969 and is a three-time recipient of Fulbright Fellowships to Australia. Prior to joining the faculty of OSU in 1972, he taught at the University of Papua New Guinea. He has spent over 11 years doing fieldwork in Australia.

He is also the author of over 85 scientific papers and 8 books. His books highlight his diverse interests with several focusing on the concept of evolution, Charles Darwin, and the Darwin family. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his lectures on the life of Darwin.

Dr. Alistair Sponsel will give the second lecture on May 2nd, Between Newton and Darwin: Charles Lyell's Vision of a Modern Science

Dr. Sponsel is a historian of science with special interests in geographical exploration, the environment, life sciences and the physical earth sciences.  He completed his MS in history of science, technology and medicine from Imperial College in London and his MA and Ph.D (2009) in history of science from Princeton.  He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institute for 3 years where he worked on the Darwin Correspondence Project. He has taught at both Harvard and Vanderbilt universities. Sponsel's research has taken him to archives and field sites on several continents and his essays and reviews have appeared in many academic journals and books.

Dr. Sponsel has just completed his first book, “Darwin’s Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation”.   

A book signing for both authors will be held on May 1st, after Dr. Berra's lecture. A reception will follow the final lecture given by Dr. Sponsel on May 2nd.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:00pm

Nessmith-Lane Center (Statesboro Campus), 1915
847 Plant Dr., Statesboro, GA 30458

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Statesboro Campus


College of Science and Mathematics




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