Massachusetts Institute of Technology / MIT Museum
Building N51 265 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm / Closed Major Holidays
presents Darwin in Society
A day long symposium for educators and interested community members
Satuday, January 24, 2009
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
Free admission for symposium
Register at http://www.darwinbicentennial.org/
CAMBRIDGE, MA —Darwin in Society, a series of informal talks and presentations on Saturday, January 24 will take place at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA. In this, the first public presentation that celebrates the Bicentennial of Darwins' birth, a range of speakers will examine Darwin's legacy and aid the public and teachers in better understanding the importance of the evolutionary theory as it relates to ongoing scientific research.
Organized by MIT Professor of Molecular Biology and Chair of the MA Darwin Bicentennial Project, Jonathan King, Saturday's symposium highlights the direct relationship between Darwin's work and the emergence of biomedicine and its potential for curing human diseases.
"While many people today associate Darwin's work with the controversies about teaching evolution in American schools, we hope to explain how important evolutionary theory has been over time in debunking the myths around racial intelligence (the eugenics movement), and in setting the stage for the expansion of biomedicine and the hope for curing diseases." says Professor King. King's MIT committee is hosting a 3 day conference at MIT; Saturday at the MIT Museum will be specifically geared to the general public and biology teachers. "Last year we found great interest in the subject when the Museum presented a play about Darwin, and also hosted renowned biologist Kenneth Miller" added King.
The Darwin Symposium will take place on the second floor of the MIT Museum in the Conference Room. The audience is invited to stay for the entire day, or drop in to the talks that interest them. Please register for the conference at: http://www.darwinbicentennial.org/
Lunch – Please register at: http://www.darwinbicentennial.org/
Box lunches available on a first come-first served basis.
MIT Dept. of Biology; MIT Museum; MIT School of Humanities; MIT School of Science; Cambridge Forum on Science Education; Massachusetts Darwin Bicentennial Project; New England Biolabs; Whitehead Institute; Broad Institute.