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Darwin Series Speaker Focuses on the Split Between Natural and Sexual Selection

Dr. Elizabeth Grosz, professor of women's and gender studies at Rutgers University, will address Darwin and the Split Between Natural and Sexual Selection as part of Duquesne University’s speaker series Darwin at 200: Contributions and Challenges.

This year marks the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his work, The Origin of Species. In recognition of that, Duquesne is hosting the speaker series as part of Darwin Celebration 2009: A Pittsburgh Partnership, a series of events designed to improve public understanding of Darwin’s legacy and his ideas that form the fundamental basis for all modern biology and medicine.

Grosz’s address will explore ways in which the principles of natural selection and sexual selection, in their conceptual separation, are necessary to understand “the sometimes non-adaptive derangements” that sexuality entails within animal and human, natural and cultural existence. She is the author of The Nick of Time: Politics, Evolution, and the Untimely,which explores the lasting effects of the theories of time developed by Darwin, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and French philosopher Henri Bergson.

Co-sponsored by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne, the lecture is free and open to the public. Act 48 credit for K-12 teachers is available.

Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m.

The Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave.For more information on the Darwin at 200 speaker series and Darwin Celebration 2009, call 412.396.6332 or visitwww.duq.edu/darwin2009.

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