August 14, 2008

Annual Fall Convocation to kickoff school year, Darwin celebration

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Case Western Reserve University officially opens each academic year with its Annual Fall Convocation; this year the tradition will double as the launch of the university's 2008-2009 Year of Darwin and Evolution.

In addition to the customary program, convocation keynote speaker and common reading author David Quammen will kickoff a year-long series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, his work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory continues to influence research and thought in numerous fields.

Convocation begins at 4:30 p.m. August 28 in Severance Hall. A light reception and book signing follows on Freiberger Field. Register online by August 25.

The ceremony will include an academic procession and recognition of students for community service and leadership. In addition, President Barbara R. Snyder will acknowledge select faculty and staff accomplishments.

Quammen, the author of the common reading, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution,, will discuss "Charles Darwin Against Himself: Caution Versus Honesty in the Life of a Reluctant Revolutionary."

Newsweek recently called Quammen's book, "probably the most accessible intellectual biography of Darwin available."

Charles Darwin was born in 1809, making 2009 the 200th anniversary of his birth. In addition, 2009 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of his influential book, On the Origin of Species.

The common reading program, which was implemented in 2002 for incoming first-year students, serves as a basis for programs and discussions beginning at orientation and continuing through the fall semester.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Paula Baughn, August 14, 2008 01:27 PM | News Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Authors, Campus Life, Events, Events, Events, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives, Science, Students

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