Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.


The science of evolution has come a long way since Charles Darwin first published "On the Origin of Species" in 1859. His proposed theory for how species change through natural selection was a landmark event in the history of science. 

Join us at Rice University's Anderson-Clarke Center for “Darwin’s Idea,” a free public session of the Master of Liberal Studies course Evolution and Society. Dr. Scott Solomon examines the ideas and events that led to Darwin's publication, the basic ideas proposed and the reaction to its publication.

Scott E. Solomon, Ph.D., is a biologist and writer. He received a doctorate in ecology, evolution and behavior from The University of Texas at Austin where he examined the evolutionary basis of biological diversity in the Amazon Basin. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the State University of São Paulo in Rio Claro, Brazil. Dr. Solomon is now a professor in the practice in the Department of BioSciences at Rice University, where he teaches courses in introductory biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, insect biology, tropical field biology and scientific communication. He is the author of “Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution.”

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