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Quammen to speak Feb. 28 on cancer as infectious disease

February 13, 2008 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- David Quammen will speak on "The Devil You Don't Know: Cancer as an Infectious Disease" during the annual Wallace Stegner Lecture to be held Thursday, Feb. 28, at Montana State University.

The free public lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in MSU's Museum of the Rockies. Seating is limited, so doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Quammen is the Stegner Distinguished Professor of Western American Studies at MSU. He has written numerous books, including "The Song of the Dodo," "The Reluctant Mr. Darwin," and "Wild Thoughts from Wild Places." Quammen has degrees from Yale University and Oxford University, as well as an honorary doctorate from MSU.

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.

The Stegner Lecture is sponsored by MSU's Department of History and Philosophy, the Committee for the Wallace Stegner Chair in Western American Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Museum of the Rockies.

An audio podcast of the lecture will be available after the lecture at

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or