Montana State University

Quammen to speak Nov. 5 on "Man who wasn't Darwin"

October 21, 2008 -- From MSU News Service

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Tel: (406) 994-4571
BOZEMAN -- David Quammen, the Wallace Stegner Distinguished Professor of Western American Studies at Montana State University, will lecture Wednesday, Nov. 5, at MSU's Museum of the Rockies.

After speaking last year on Charles Darwin and religion, Quammen will give this year's Wallace Stegner Lecture on "The Man Who Wasn't Darwin: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Founding of Evolutionary Biology." Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. A reception will follow.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Quammen, who has degrees from Yale University and Oxford University as well as an honorary doctorate from MSU, writes often about evolutionary science. His 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. Quammen also wrote The Song of the Dodo, Wild Thoughts from Wild Places, Monster of God, The Boilerplate Rhino and more.

The 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.

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, call (406) 994-4395.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or