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Lectures to celebrate Charles Darwin’s legacy

By Leanne Coleman

World-renowned Charles Darwin specialist Professor Tim Berra will return to the Territory this month to deliver two seminars World-renowned Charles Darwin specialist Professor Tim Berra will return to the Territory this month to deliver two seminars

A world-renowned Charles Darwin specialist will return to the Territory this month to deliver two seminars on the life of the pioneering naturalist and evolutionary scientist, and to launch his new book “Darwin & His Children: His Other Legacy”.

Hosted by Charles Darwin University’s Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, the lectures will be presented by Professor Emeritus of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University Tim Berra.

“While much has been written about the life and works of Charles Darwin, the lives of his 10 children remain largely unexamined,” Professor Berra said.

“Most Darwin books consider his children as footnotes to the life of their famous father and close with the death of Charles Darwin. This is the only book that deals substantially with the lives of his children from their birth to their death, each in his or her own chapter.”

Professor Berra will launch the book on Wednesday, 26 February and will deliver a lecture that will include “20 things you didn’t know about Darwin and his children”.

Professor Berra also authored the book “Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man”, which covers the life of Darwin, his family, friends, books, and significance to Western thought.

Coinciding with the date of Charles Darwin’s birth, Professor Berra will also present a lecture on Wednesday, 12 February, during which he will discuss the human side of Darwin by dealing with his family relationships and interactions with his closest advisors. He will also discuss Darwin's revolutionary scientific work, its impact on modern-day biological science, and the influence of Darwin's evolutionary theory on Western thought.

Professor Berra is a University Professorial Fellow, Charles Darwin University, Research Associate at the NT Museum, and three-time winner of Fulbright Fellowships to Australia in 1969, 1979 and 2009. He is author of more than 75 scientific papers and seven books. He has studied the biology of the nurseryfish in the Adelaide River since 2001.

The lecture entitled “Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man” will be held on Wednesday, 12 February at 6pm in the Mal Nairn Auditorium, CDU’s Casuarina campus. To register visit W: https://register.eventarc.com/21242/charles-darwin-the-concise-story-of-an-extraordinary-man

The lecture “Darwin & His Children: His Other Legacy” will be held on Wednesday, 26 February at 6pm in building Blue 1.1.01, Casuarina campus. To register visit W: https://register.eventarc.com/21243/darwin-and-his-children-his-other-legacy

Both books will be available for purchase and signing at the lectures. These are free public events.