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Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790

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CEDAR CREST COLLEGE'S DARWIN DAY LECTURE EXPLORES QUESTIONS OF EVOLUTION IN THE MIDST OF NATIONAL CONTROVERSY

Noted Evolutionary Biologist to give Public Keynote Address

Allentown, PA (February 7, 2006) - The teaching of evolution in American schools is still stirring heated debate and making headlines across the nation. Despite public discomfort with its philosophical ramifications, the theory of evolution, as described by Charles Darwin in 1859 in "The Origin of Species," fundamentally changed the way natural historians viewed the history of life on Earth and has become the foundation of modern biological and biomedical science.

On February 13, 2006, the day after what would have been Darwin's 197th birthday, Cedar Crest College will celebrate one of the greatest intellectual achievements in the history of humankind with a lecture and question and answer session by Dr. Massimo Pigliucci, noted evolutionary biologist and Darwin expert. Dr. Pigliucci will present the keynote address, "Evolution: Is it a Logical Fallacy?," at 7:00 P.M. in the Alumnae Theater. The keynote address is open to the public.

Dr. Pigliucci is Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolution, and an affiliated member of the Philosophy Department, at the State University of New York - Stony Brook. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Botany and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennesse in Philosophy of Science. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected in 2004) and was awarded the Society for the Study of Evolution's prestigious Dobzhansky prize in 1997 "in recognition of the accomplishments and future promise of an outstanding young evolutionary biologist."

Dr. Pigliucci is the author or editor of several books, including "Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism and the Nature of Science" (Sinauer, Sunderland, MA, 2002). He has written well over 50 peer-reviewed articles on ecology and evolution, several peer-reviewed articles on philosophy, and dozens of book reviews and articles aimed at a general audience. He currently writes a regular column ("Thinking about Science") for The Skeptical Inquirer.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.


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