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Events led by The Darwin 150 Project

Lecture Series

The Darwin 150 Project Lecture Series is designed to educate the public on the most important insights from Darwin's great book - as well as provide historical context and exciting discoveries at the frontiers of 21st century evolutionary biology. Lectures 1-4 of the series are free for all to participate in - live in person, by phone and, in most cases, web. Lecture 5 is a ticketed event, but the webcast will be free.

Lecture 1: "The World Before Darwin"
Professor Everett Mendelsohn, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
8:00PM EST/5:00PM PST
Register here to participate for free: (live at Harvard or via live webcast or phone)
***The video and mp3 for Lecture 1 are now available here!***

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
8:00PM EST/5:00PM PST
Register here to participate for free: (live at Columbia or via phone)

***The podcast for Lecture 2 is now available here!***

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
8:00PM EST/7:00PM CST/5:00PM PST
Register here to participate for free: (live at University of Wisconsin or via live webcast or phone)
*** The podcast for Lecture 3 is now available here!***

Lecture 4: "Frontiers of Evolution"
Professor E.O. Wilson, Everett Mendelsohn, and others
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
1:00PM EST/10:00AM PST

Due to illness, our live webcast has been cancelled.  However, you can watch ET E.O. Wilson speak via taped comments at 1pmET 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:

Lecture 5: "Celebrating 150 Years of 'Origin of Species'"
Gerald Edelman, Paul Ekman, Terrence Deacon
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
6:00PM EST/3:00PM PST
Register here to participate: (ticketed event live at The New York Academy of Sciences or via free webcast)

To attend the event in person, register here:

To register for the free webcast, register here:

You must register separately for this to get into the New York Academy system.


Facebook Campaign

The Facebook campaign is designed to shine a spotlight on Darwin. As "On the Origin of Species" is one of the most important books with some of the biggest ideas in the last 2,500 years, we think it deserves one of the biggest groups on Facebook.

Our goal: 1 million members by November 24, 2009. (250,000 have already joined!)

Please join us on Facebook and encourage all your friends and family and colleagues to do the same:

Reading Groups

We will also run small, intensive reading groups with a moderate who facilitates in a Socratic style. The groups will be by phone and no prior knowledge of biology or Darwin is required. These calls are designed to run in conjunction with the Darwin Lecture Series, which we encourage all members to sign up for.

The reading group is free for first-time participants; $49 for veteran members.

Fall 2009 Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" $49 or free*
Tuesdays Oct 6, Nov 3 and Dec 8 at 8pm ET
Moderator: Stephanie Aktipis, PhD, Harvard

The reading group will meet Tuesdays Oct 6, Nov 3 and Dec 8 at 8pm ET, 5pm Pacific via phone. The conference call number will be supplied to all who register.

Darwin's On the Origin of SpeciesEdition? We'll read the Harvard University Press Fascimile of Darwin's first edition with introduction by the great Ernst Mayr. Here's the Amazon link.

Moderator: Stephanie Aktipis, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard.

More about Stephanie and to register for this reading group.


Reading Odyssey Process

- Readers will read a section of Darwin each month assigned by the moderator with reading questions
- Once a month the readers will get on the phone discuss the reading (and the reading questions assigned by the moderator)
- Each phone call is moderated, recorded and the .mp3 is made available to the readers who missed it
- The moderator is also available via e-mail during the month to answer questions - and members are encouraged to use the group e-mail listserv and blog to discuss the reading