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Call for Papers: Darwin's Reach


The Darwin's Reach conference will examine the impact of Darwin and Darwinian evolution on science and society in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Robert Darwin and the sesquicentennial of the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species. The central theme of this academic conference is an exploration of how Darwin's ideas have revolutionized our understanding of both the living world and human nature. Papers exploring diverse topics on Darwin's legacy are invited from a wide variety of disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, humanities, and law.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to Darwin as a scientist, the reception and development of Darwinian evolution in the 19th and 20th centuries, Darwinian evolution in the 21st century, misapplications of Darwinism, evolution in the courts, evolution in art and culture, evolution and religion, evolution and morality, evolution and sex/gender, evolution and medicine, evolution and language, evolution and socialization, and evolution and global climate change. Keynote speakers include Frans de Waal, Judge John E. Jones III, Jay Labov, and William F. McComas.

The conference will take place March 12-14, 2009, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and is sponsored by Hostra University Library, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Hofstra Cultural Center. Presentations will be accepted on the basis of 200-word abstrafcts submitted by June 16, 2008. Presentation time for papers is limited to 20 minutes. Notification of acceptance will be sent by June 30, 2008. Further details about the Darwin's Reach conference are available at the Darwin's Reach website.