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Halifax celebrates Darwin

Four free events the general public can attend for the Darwin workshops around town.

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Biologists, philosophers and historians from around the world will gather in Halifax from Wednesday, October 14 to Saturday, October 17, for a four-day workshop on Charles Darwin. Most of the discussions are academic in nature and by invitation only, but each night there is a free public lecture or event. Check them out below. [Disclosure: a family member is on the organizing committee for the conference. --TB]

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The Tree of Knowledge
Ian Hacking, of University of Toronto, is one of Canada’s foremost philosophers of science, recipient of the Killam Prize for the Humanities and has been named to the Order of Canada.
Wednesday, October 14, 8pm, Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue

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200 years of Darwin: Commemorating Charles Darwin in 2009
Janet Browne, of Harvard University, is a historian of science and biographer of Charles Darwin. This lecture looks at historical controversies as reflected in this year’s Darwin celebrations.
Thursday, October 15, 8pm, Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue

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Darwin and the Human Genome
Marc Feldman, of Stanford University, is a biologist who studies human migration patterns as reflected in human genes, and argues that all modern humans are descendants of a small African population that lived just 70,000 years ago.
Friday, October 16, 8pm, Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue

The Origin Cycle
This concert marks the Canadian premier of The Origin Cycle, six new compositions for chamber orchestra and soprano, based on passages from The Origin of Species. Seating is limited, so call 422-1271 ext 200 for tickets and details.
Saturday, October 17, 8pm, Maritime Museum, 1675 Lower Water Street

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