New York Universitys Gallatin School of Individualized Study will host Darwin and the Boundaries of Knowledge, a two-day conference examining how Charles Darwin broke previously existing barriers between science and religion, speculation and theory, and the past and the present, on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at NYUs Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts (715 Broadway at Washington Place/entrance on 1 Washington Place). Subways: R, W (8th St.); 6 (Astor Pl.).
The conference, co-sponsored by Polytechnic Institute of NYU, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 212.992.7766. For a complete schedule of sessions, go to http://www.nyu.edu/gallatin/news/2009/02/darwin.html.
The conference will include scientists, historians, and philosophers to discuss not just the content of Darwins discoveries, but also the way they forever altered what counted as knowledge and what could be ultimately understood. The conference will draw on scientific, historical, and philosophical expertise to form a perspective on how science does, or does not, relate to the wider culture.
Conference speakers include: Janet Browne, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University; David Kohn, a professor emeritus at Drew University and research associate at the American Museum of Natural History Library; Pepperdine University historian and legal scholar Edward Larson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for History for Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and Americas Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion (Basic Books, 1997); and George Levine, a professor of English at Rutgers University.