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Fall 2009 Exhibit

Francicso Ayala
The Partners of the UC Irvine Libraries and
Gerald J. Munoff, University Librarian


The Opening of our Fall Exhibit

So Simple a Beginning: 150 Years of Darwin

With a talk by

Francisco Ayala
UCI Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences

Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion

Thursday, October 22, 2009
5:30 p.m.
Langson Library, UC Irvine

Exhibit viewing to follow immediately
Reservations must be received no later than October 16, 2009

The Libraries’ fall exhibit, “So Simple a Beginning: 150 Years of Darwin” recognizes the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s seminal work of scientific literature, On the Origin of Species, as well as the 200th year of his birth. The opening event will be held on October 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm in Langson Library.

The exhibit traces the development and influence of Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection, starting with the Beagle expedition in 1831 and ending with the publication of On the Origin of the Species in 1859. It also describes the scientific and religious debate over Darwin’s findings, and its influence on art, literature, and business. The scope of the exhibit reaches today as his theories are present in our current vernacular with well known phrases, such as “Darwinian”, “survival of the fittest” and “what separates us from the animals”. John Sisson, UCI Research Librarian for Biological Sciences is the curator.

The opening night event will feature a talk titled “Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion,” by Francisco Ayala, University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at UCI.
A National Medal of Science recipient who belongs to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Ayala is one of the world's leading evolutionary biologists and geneticists. He is also an ordained Dominican priest, putting him in the unique position of being able to speak authoritatively on both evolution and religion. Over the course of his esteemed career, Ayala has published more than 980 articles, written or edited 34 books, and won several prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Science in 2001 and the UCI Medal in 1995.

Free and open to the public. Limited seating. Reservations requested, please call (949) 824-5300 or email: partners@uci.edu. Self parking ($7) in the Student Center parking structure on the corner of West Peltason and Pereira Dr. Please enter the structure on Pereira and obtain a parking permit at the information booth. Complimentary shuttle carts for transportation from the parking structure to the event. Handicapped parking available.

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