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Ethics panel addresses Darwin's work

Nov. 5, 2009

KALAMAZOO--The legacy of Charles Darwin will be up for discussion when the Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society concludes its fall season Thursday, Nov. 12, with a panel discussion featuring WMU professors.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth in 1809, setting off a wave of events commemorating Darwin's work. Panelists taking part in the WMU event will be Drs. Friz Allhoff, assistant professor of philosophy; David Rudge, associate professor of biological sciences; and Robert Anemone, associate professor of anthropology. The discussion begins at 4 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Room (Room 204) of the Bernhard Center.

Darwin's principal work, "On the Origin of Species," was published in 1859. In addition to 2009 being the bicentennial of his birth, it also marks the sesquicentennial of "Origin," making it a banner year for reflections on Darwin's legacy.

The event is also sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Science Working Group and the WMU Department of Philosophy.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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