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Biological Sciences

Darwin Day

Each year, the Department of Biological Sciences celebrates Darwin Day by hosting a speaker in our Ralph W. Axtell Lecture Series. The event takes place around the birthday of Charles Darwin (February 12) and celebrates his enormous contribution to science, particularly the theory of evolution by natural selection (published jointly with Alfred Russel Wallace) that underpins all aspects of modern biology. The lecture series is named in honor of the late Dr. Ralph Axtell in recognition of his many contributions to the University and to science.

To celebrate Darwin Day 2020 the Ralph W. Axtell lecture will be presented by Dr. J. Drew Lanham, award-winning author of the book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature.  Dr. Lanham is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Biology and Master Teacher at Clemson University.  He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist, whose poetry and essays have appeared in several prestigious publications and anthologies.

The lecture, entitled Forever Gone: Extinction and the Case for Ecological Reparations, is part of SIUE's Arts and Issues Season and will take place on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30 PM in the Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center on SIUE campus.  A limited number of free tickets are available for SIUE students and can be picked up at the Information Desk in the Morris University Center.  Others can purchase tickets online by clicking here.

The Department of Biological Sciences is also planning to host a free lecture by Dr. Lanham on Monday, February 10, followed by a reception with a cake to celebrate Darwin's birthday.  More details about these events will be available here soon.

Portrait of Dr. J. Drew Lanham.

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