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Quammen to speak March 28 on Charles Darwin, religion

March 20, 2007 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- David Quammen, the new Wallace Stegner Professor in Western American Studies at Montana State University, will lecture on Charles Darwin and religion at this year's Wallace Stegner Lecture to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at MSU's Museum of the Rockies. Admission is free.

Quammen, who has degrees from Yale University and Oxford University, as well as an honorary doctorate from MSU, writes often about evolutionary science. His most recent book, "The Reluctant Mr. Darwin," examines the 21 years that passed between Darwin's epiphany that "natural selection" formed the basis of evolution and the publication of "On the Origin of Species."

MSU established the Chair in Western American Studies to follow Stegner's lead in understanding literature and history of the West and to protect and preserve what is most valuable about the land. Every year, the Stegner Chair Committee invites a speaker who has acquired the same wide audience to address these themes.

For more information, contact the MSU Department of History and Philosophy at 994-4395.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu