Evolution/Creation expert to lecture at Northwestern March 26

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Evolution/Creation expert to lecture at Northwestern March 26

Dr. Michael RuseA lecture titled “Darwinism and Creationism: Sibling Rivals?” will be presented Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Struckle Education Center, room 109, as part of the Marvel/Smith Academic Enrichment Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Michael Ruse, a Lucycle T. Werkmeister professor and the director of history and philosophy of science program at Florida State University, will present the information, which focuses on the similarities shared by Darwinism and Creationism.

“Ruse’s talk is an exciting opportunity for the students of Northwestern and the people of Northwest Oklahoma to hear one of the prominent voices in the evolution/creation dialogue,” said Dr. Aaron Place, associate professor of biology at Northwestern. “I want to encourage everyone who thinks they know where they stand on the issues involved in the science and religion debate to attend Dr. Ruse’s lecture. Everyone will come away from the talk with a newfound understanding of the issues involved.”

Ruse, who Place said is a leading authority on the life and works of Charles Darwin, has written or edited more than 30 books on science, society and culture. He also was an expert witness in the 1981 federal court case Mclean v. Arkansas that determined equal time limit laws were unconstitutional, and that science teachers were no longer required to include “creation science” in their curriculum.

Ruse, originally from Canada, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and mathematics from the University of Bristol in 1962, a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from McMaster University in 1964, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Bristol in 1970.

He’s been working at Florida State since 2000.

The Marvel/Smith Academic Enrichment Series was created in 2005 to honor Dr. John and Frances (Smith) Marvel, both 1946 Northwestern graduates and retired educators. Dr. Marvel retired as president emeritus of Colorado State College and was honored by the Northwestern Alumni Association as an Outstanding Graduate in 1974.

The purpose of this lectureship is to provide funding for an annual program in a selected academic discipline or performance to be rotated between the Schools of Arts and Science and Professional Studies. Its objectives are to encourage professional development for university employees, and to enhance the educational and performance opportunities for students, employees and the public.