posted April 5, 2000

Evolution-Creation History

The Philosophy and Biology Speaker Series on Science, Religion, and Human Values is pleased to sponsor a lecture by Professor Don Cronkite titled "'Words, like nature, half reveal':  The Mythological Significance of the Huxley-Wilberforce 'Debate' of 1860," on Friday, April 7, at 3 p.m. in room B50 of the Peale Science Center.

          The public is invited.  Admission is free.
          The "debate" between Thomas Henry Huxley and
  Bishop Samuel Wilberforce in 1860 is a cultural icon.
  People who know even a little about the struggle of
  evolution to find a place in a creationist world often know
  about the debate -- or think they do.  The story has been
  told and retold, and even dramatized for television by the
          As with other icons, this one tells us something
  about the people who venerate it, and that is the
  information we seek in this seminar.  Why is the story told
  the way it is?  Its telling is often at variance with what
  may have in fact happened.  The principal characters in real
  life were somewhat different from the ones created for his
  story.  There must be something behind all that.
          But first, the story ...
          Donald Cronkite is a professor of biology at Hope,
  where he has been since 1978.  His research interests are
  cellular water regulation in ciliates, formation and
  succession in bacterial biofilms, and the evolution-creation
  controversy.  He is also science editor of "Perspectives"
  and the coordinator of pre-college outreach for the Division
  of the Natural Sciences at Hope.
          The seminar is part of a suite of "duets" in the
  theme of evolution and creation which he began to assemble
  while on sabbatical in the fall of 1999.
          Refresments will be available.