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Alfred Russel Wallace Centenary: Natural Selection and Beyond

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Alfred Russel Wallce

This year marks the centenary of the death of naturalist-explorer Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), the co-founder, with Charles Darwin, of evolutionary biology. His life and work continues to inspire new generations of anthropologists, zoologists, bio-geographers, primatologists, field biologists, and philosophers. 

MORNING SESSION 9:30-12:30
LIFE & LEGACY OF ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE

A. R. Wallace: A Life of Adventure and Discovery | Andrew Berry
Origins of Natural Selection Theory: Darwin vs Wallace | Jim Costa
"Final Causes" in Wallace’s Science and Cosmology | Charles Smith
Wallace as Maverick and Spiritualist | Richard Milner
Summing Up: Wallace’s Magnificent Quest | David Quammen

AFTERNOON SESSION 1:30-4:30 
EVOLUTION OF HUMAN NATURE

The Golden Age of Natural History Collectors | Errol Fuller
Wallace’s Biogeography and Ecology of Human Society | Andrew Berry
Wallace's Red Ape: Going the Whole Orangutang | Biruté Galdikas
Secrets of Wallace’s Species Notebook | Jim Costa
Origins of Human Nature in the Animal World | Lee Dugatkin

The Wallace Centenary concludes with a lecture by Sir David Attenborough at 7:30 pm in the LeFrak Theater.

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