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Watts Lecture features Professor Evelyn Fox Keller speaking on "The Mirage of a Space between Nature and Nurture"

 

 

Watts Lecture featuring Professor Evelyn Fox Keller

The Mirage of Space between Nature and Nurture

Thursday, November 19, 2009

7 - 9 pm

Location: AC223, ARC Lecture Theatre, University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail

Free Event, Open to Everyone

This event is generously supported by TD Meloche Monnex

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In this 150th year since the publication of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" the debate continues...

One of the most striking features of the nature-nature debate is the frequency with which in invites two apparently contradictory claims: first, that it has finally been resolved, and second, that it refuses to die.  What is it about this topic that causes so much trouble? What is it that so stubbornly resists resolution?

In this talk, Professor Fox Keller will explore the many ways in which we become enmeshed by the tangle of meanings that make up the nature-nurture debate.

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Professor Evelyn Fox Keller received her PhD. in theoretical physics at Harvard University, and worked for several years at the interface of physics and biology before turning to the history and philosophy of science.  Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT, Fox Keller is the author of more than 10 books (e.g., The Century of the Gene; and Making Sense of Life), and the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees.  Her latest book, The Mirage of a Space between Nature and Nurture, is forthcoming.

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The Watts Lecture series is named in honour of the late F.B. Watts, a distinguished geography professor who died in 1969.  It was established in 1970 with the goal to have as wide an appeal as possible and to invite distinguished speakers from all walks of life.

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Past Watts Lecturers

Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson~Lord Annan~ Gerhard Herzberg~Raymond Moriyama~Hon. David Lewis~Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker~Mordecai Richler~ J.M.S. Careless~Hon. Flora MacDonald ~ Alfonso Garcia Robles~ Hans Kung ~ David Suzuki ~ Hon. Stephen Lewis ~ Bob White ~ Hon. Thomas R. Berger ~ Edwin Mirvish ~ Georges Erasmus ~ Judy Rebick ~ Major-General Lewis MacKenzie ~ Itzak Shelef and Abdullah Abdullah ~ Dr. Roberta Bondard ~ David Phillips ~ Roberta Jamieson ~ Mark Tewksbury ~ Bob Rae ~ Preston Manning ~ Joe Schlesinger ~ James Orbinski ~ Dr. Sheela Basrur ~ Dr. Vandana Shiva ~ Professor Jean Clottes ~ Hon. Louise Arbour

 

 




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