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The Darwin 2009 Festival, 5-10 July 2009, celebrated the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the sesquicentenary of the publication of his most famous book, On the Origin of Species. About 1500 people attended the core Festival and at least the same number again attended the related exhibitions, tours and fringe events during the week. The programme comprised over 70 separate events and included 110 outstanding speakers. Intended to appeal to a broad audience, from academics to teenagers, the ...
 
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Darwin imagining others: observation and language. Professor Dame Gillian Beer (University of Cambridge, UK). Summary: Darwin was a famously attentive observer, responding to movement, gesture, and the invisible thrust of desires in an array of life forms from oysters and climbing plants to human beings of many cultures. This talk will draw on mate…
 
How could Charles Darwin have all these impacts? Dr Jon Hodge (University of Leeds, UK) Summary: Were Darwin the English parson naturalist of legend, his vast impact would be paradoxical. See the young Darwin, not as failed Anglican cleric, but successful Scottish (and French and German) man of science and philosophy, an international intellectual …
 
The Impact of Images of Darwin Professor Ludmilla Jordanova (Department of History, King's College London) Summary: Millions of people can recognize the figure of Charles Darwin. My brief presentation examines some portraits of him, and considers their impact. I am particularly interested in his connections with John Collier, Huxley's son-in-law, w…
 
Darwin's five bridges. Professor Richard Dawkins (University of Oxford, UK) Summary: Was Darwin the most revolutionary scientist ever? If, by revolutionary, we mean the scientist whose discovery initiated the most seismic overturning of pre-existing science, the honour would at least be contested by Newton, Einstein and the architects of quantum th…
 
Philosophical implications of Darwin's theory of evolution Professor Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) Summary: What are the philosophical implications of Darwin's theory of evolution? Do they show that there is no God, that materialism is true, and that ethics is a matter of opinion, not fact? Here I think we need to remember wh…
 
Voice of Darwin (in morning sessions) Terry Molloy is an actor, director, producer, trainer and corporate presenter. He is the voice of 'Mike Tucker' (the milkman from hell) in The Archers (BBC Radio 4), and has appeared on TV in Dr Who as the Doctor's nemesis 'Davros', creator of the Daleks, from 1983 to 1989, continuing through to today on audio …
 
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