Our big University of Chicago DarwinFest, organized by Bob Richards, Neil Shubin and me, starts this Thursday and goes through Saturday evening. It features a glittering panoply of biologists, philosophers, and historians of science, reprising the famous U of C conference of 1959.
Our formal registration is full up, with 600 people having plunked down their fee, but we’ll still accept some walk-ins. The website is here and the program is here. I’ll report as much as I can consistent with my helping run the thing. In the meantime, here’s the schedule for the plenary session at Rockefeller Chapel this Thursday evening (Lewontin was my Ph.D. advisor).
6:00 p.m. Welcome by Robert Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago
6:15 p.m. Richard Lewontin (Harvard University): “Genetic Determination and Adaptation: Two Bad Metaphors”
7:00 p.m. Ronald Numbers (U. of Wisconsin): “Anti-Evolutionism in America: Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design”
7:45 p.m. Marc Hauser (Harvard University): “From Where do Morals Come? NOT Religion!”
Here’s a snap of Julian Huxley at the plenary session in 1959, also at Rockefeller Chapel: