2014: Why Darwin Matters
Where: University of New England’s Westbrook College Campus at 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland
When: November 15, 2014, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: (All tickets include a continental breakfast, lunch, and admission to the cocktail reception)
- General public: $40
- Students (K-12 and college/university): First 15 to sign up are free; please call us at 773-5051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot
- Educators (K-12): $15 for up to 20 K-12 educators (librarians, teachers, administrators); please call us at 773-5051 or email email@example.com to reserve your spot. CEUs will be available.
|8:30 am||Coffee reception|
|9:15||Janet Browne, Harvard University – “Darwin Revisited in the 21st Century”|
|10:35||Christoph Irmscher, Indiana University – “Darwin and Agassiz: How Two Scientists Saw the Galapagos So Differently”|
|11:35||Rebecca Goodale, University of Southern Maine –”Ant Farm: At the Nexus of Art and Science”|
|1:20||Q&A with Biologist, Writer, and Runner Bernd Heinrich|
|2:20||Don Dearborn, Bates College – “How Darwin’s Mind Worked”|
|3:45||Peter Sheppard Skaerved – Musical Presentation of “Darwin’s Dream,” composed by Elliot Schwartz|
|5:00||Reception and exhibit|
Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University
Janet Browne is Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. Her interests range widely over the history of the life sciences and natural history. After a first degree in zoology she studied for a PhD in the history of science at Imperial College London, published as The Secular Ark: Studies in the History of Biogeography (1983). Ever since then she has specialised in reassessing Charles Darwin’s work, first as associate editor of the early volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, and more recently as author of a major biographical study that integrated Darwin’s science with his life and times. She was based for many years at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London where she taught in the MA, MSc and undergraduate programs in the history of science, biology, and medicine. She has been editor of the British Journal for the History of Science and president of the British Society for the History of Science.
Bernd Heinrich, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont
Don Dearborn, Chair of the Biology Department, Bates College
Christoph Irmscher, Provost Professor of English, Indiana University Bloomington
Christoph Irmscheris Provost Professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington and George F. Getz Jr. Professor in the Wells Scholars Program, which he also directs. Among his books are The Poetics of Natural History,Public Poet, Private Man: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200, and Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science. He is the editor of Library of America edition of John James Audubon’s Writings and Drawings. His new project is a biography of the writer, editor, and political activist Max Eastman.
Rebecca Goodale, Program Coordinator, Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts, University of Southern Maine
Rebecca Goodale is a book artist whose work can be found in numerous public collections throughout the United States including the local collections at Bowdoin College Library, the Maine Women Writers Collection, and the Portland Museum of Art. Her awards include A New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, a Mellon Grant for the Humanities at Bates College, and in 1995 she was a Resident Scholar for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. She collaborated with artists Dorothy Schwartz, Colleen Kinsella, and Vivien Russe, to create Ant Farm: At the Nexus of Art & Science, a multimedia exhibit merging art and science inspired by leafcutter ants. Rebecca teaches Design and Book Arts for the USM Art Department. She is also the Program Coordinator for USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts.
Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Violinist
Peter Sheppard Skaervedis the founder and leader of the Kreutzer Quartet and the Munich-based Ensemble Triolog, directs an acclaimed series of concerts at Wiltons Music Hall in London, and regularly appears as director and soloist with ensembles such as the Zagreb Soloists and Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen. His discography is extensive, ranging from cycles of sonatas by Beethoven and Telemann, the complete quartets of David Matthews, Michael Tippett, and cycles of concerti from Haydn to Henze. He has won awards from the BBC Music Magazine, been nominated for a Gramophone Award, as well as a GRAMMY for a concerto recording in 2007. He records for NMC, Chandos, Naxos, Metier and Toccata. He is also acclaimed for his collaborative work with museums, working regularly with the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum and worldwide. He plays on a 1698 Stradivari owned by Joseph Joachim from the collections of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is the Fellow of Performance Studies.