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12th Annual Ellen S. Hurwitz Lecture to Explore Why Evolution Matters in America Today 



April 9, 2012

Reading, PA – Kenneth Miller, Ph.D., professor of biology at Brown University, will present the 12th annual Ellen S. Hurwitz Presidential Lecture on Faith, Reason and the Imagination on Thursday, May 3, 2012. The lecture, Life on a "Tangled Bank" - Why Evolution Matters in America Today,  will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Albright’s Memorial Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

Why is evolution under attack in America? Eighty years after the notorious Scopes Monkey Trial, a powerful movement – Intelligent Design – continues to claim that evolution is “only a theory.” On the front lines of this contentious debate stands Miller, the man many call the public guardian of evolution in America.

“Intelligent Design is a science-stopper,” he says. Best-selling author of books such as Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution  (Cliff Street Books, HarperCollins, 1999) and Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul (Viking/Penguin Press, 2008), Miller deftly dismantles, debunks and utterly defangs every claim put forth by proponents of Intelligent Design. What is left, simply, is the truth and beauty of evolution – and why it matters.

He served as lead witness for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover, the so-called “Intelligent Design trial” in federal court, and has been a repeat guest on “The Colbert Report.”

The Ellen S. Hurwitz Presidential Lecture Series on Faith, Reason and the Imagination was established in honor of Albright’s twelfth president. The series, which focuses on both faith and spirit, invites world-class leaders to Albright to foster conversations across the many faith traditions at Albright, connecting learning, creativity and the cosmic picture.

Memorial Chapel is located on the Albright College campus at 13th & Union Streets, Reading. For more information or disabled assistance, please contact College Relations at 610-921-7526.  

Founded in 1856, Albright College is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. Albright College enrolls more than 1,660 undergraduates in traditional programs, another 800 adult students in accelerated degree programs, and 100 students in the master’s program in education. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.