Legendary biologist E. O. Wilson from Harvard University has been invited to give Case Western Reserve University's 2009 Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue. This event is free and open to the public through the generous support of Drs. Jeanette Grasselli Brown and Glenn R. Brown. Additional funding is provided by the Office of the Provost and the College Scholars Program.
Wilson's talk, "From So Simple a Beginning: Darwin and the Future of Biology," is one of the university's notable events for its Year of Darwin and Evolution celebration, an exploration of how Darwin's ideas have influenced science and our understanding of the world around us.
"The key problem facing humanity in the coming century is how to bring a better quality of life—for 8 billion or more people—without wrecking the environment entirely in the attempt," said Wilson.
Considered the father of the modern environmental movement, Wilson is currently working on compiling data of every living species on Earth for the web-based, "The Encyclopedia of Life" project that has received support from the MacArthur Foundation. His writings and work have earned him numerous awards, among which are two Pulitzer Prizes for Nonfiction for Ants and On Human Nature, Crafoord Prize (1990) and the Nierenberg Prize (2001). His work has been recognized by TIME magazine, which named him one of America's 25 Most Influential People.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.