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Darwin150 on the Web

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We gave Darwin a great 200th birthday in February 2009 - and we gave his book, On the Origin of Species, the great attention it deserved on the 150th anniversary of its publication in the fall of 2009.

Click on these links to watch/hear these wonderful lectures from the Darwin150 program - hosted and produced by Reading Odyssey, Inc., a global nonprofit with a mission to help ignite the curiosity and lifelong learning of adults around the world.

Lecture 1: "The World Before Darwin"
Professor Everett Mendelsohn, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lecture 2: "Variation: Chapters 1 and 2 of 'On the Origin of Species'"
Pulitzer Prize-winning Professor Jonathan Weiner, Columbia University
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lecture 3: "The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and the DNA Record of Evolution"
Professor Sean Carroll, University of Wisconsin
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Lecture 4: "Celebrating 150 Years of 'Origin of Species'"
Gerald Edelman, Paul Ekman, Terrence Deacon
Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Harvard College Professor, John Dowling


National Geographic
Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology
Citrix Online and their HiDefConferencing division
Campaign Monitor
National Center for Science Education
The New York Academy of Sciences
Creation: The Movie


Sean Carroll webcast link

The full video from Professor Sean Carroll's wonderful lecture, "Making of the Fittest", for the Darwin150 fall 2009 lecture series is now available online.

Please share this terrific lecture with colleagues, students, friends and family.

Thanks, Phil

Thankful for Darwin

On this 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's publication of "Origin of Species", I'm thankful for his multi-decade effort to understand one of the greatest questions of human history: where do we come from?

When I asked Stanford biologist Robert Sapolsky which 10 books the general public should read to gain a basic understanding of biology, nine of the books were published in the last 10 years. Only one book he recommended was older than 10 years. You know the book - it's 150 years old today.

Read more


Darwin150 events for the 150th anniversary

We have two final lectures to take place tomorrow, Tuesday, November 23 - the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species."

1. 1pm New York time
You can watch at 1pm ET E.O. Wilson speak via taped comments - through a collaboration we set up wih the British Council. No registration needed but you do need the latest version of Adobe Flash. Go here at 1pm on Tuesday, Nov 24:

2. Free webcast from our partners at the New York Academy of Sciences at 6pm ET Nov 24
Register here: *
* You must register separately for this to get into the New York Academy system.

Our Facebook group has grown to 260,000 members. Join us there and leave your congratulations to Darwin.

Thanks - and, on behalf of everyone at Darwin150 and the Reading Odyssey, congratulations on a successful lecture series, Facebook campaign and online reading group this fall.

Founder, Reading Odyssey and Darwin150


Sean Carroll lecture *tonight* - still a few spots left

Professor Sean Carroll's third lecture in the Darwin150 campaign still has a few webcast spots left. This will be one of this great scientist's best talks - a multi-media extravaganza supporting his great insights and writings.

It all begins at 8pm New York time (that's 7pm at the University of Wisconsin).

To sign-up for a free webcast pass, click here:

With the help of Darwin150 volunteers around the world, we have assembled a global audience from India to Mexico, from Europe to Canada and South America.