Neil Shubin to give prestigious lecture on “Your Inner Fish”

March 23, 2021 • 12:00 pm

The University has just announced that my colleague Neil Shubin, paleontologist, developmental biologist, and author, will be giving this year’s prestigious Ryerson Lecture. Click on the screenshot below for details:

You have to register in advance, and it’s online, but it’s free. Here are the details and the link:

A prestigious tradition celebrating the scholarly work of a UChicago faculty member, the Ryerson Lecture will take place virtually April 20 at 5 p.m CT. The lecture, entitled “Finding Your Inner Fish: Fossils, Genes and the History of Life,” is free and open to the public; registration is now open through this link.

The Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, Shubin is known widely for his evolutionary work including the groundbreaking discovery of Tiktaalik roseae, the 375-million-year-old fossil considered a missing link between fish and all animals on land, including humans.

After you register (all that’s needed is your name, email address, and “do you plan to attend this lecture”—a weird question), you get a note that you’ll receive an email link to the talk on Monday, April 19—the day before.

Be there or be square!

14 thoughts on “Neil Shubin to give prestigious lecture on “Your Inner Fish”

  1. Registered, and anticipating the talk! Thank you for providing this information. I love Neil’s ‘Your Inner Fish’ (the existence of which I discovered through your website — so thanks for all your book recommendations, as well).

  2. I just signed up, thanks for the info! I loved the book (listened to it as an audiobook; I really missed the illustrations), and I loved the PBS series which I aim to watch again soon.

  3. Registered. Thank you for telling us! I hope I do not fall asleep before it starts, since 5pm in Chicago will be 12pm in my place.I hope it will be as good as the book.

  4. The first Ryerson Lecture I saw was in 1975 with probably the smartest person I ever met – Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. aka Chandra, recipient of the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics and namesake of the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

    After I got my MBA, I came back to campus for Ryerson Lectures by two of the best teachers I ever had – Saunders MacLane in 1982 and George Stigler in 1983. Shubin is in lofty company.

  5. I have read Shubin’s books “Your inner fish” and “The Universe Within”. Highly recommended.

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