WHO: Dr. Doug Schwartz, former director of the School of Advanced Research
WHAT: Public Lecture
TITLE: “Evolving a Genius: The Extraordinary Life of Charles Darwin”
WHERE: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College
WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 3:15 p.m.
DETAILS: Lecture is free of charge, open to the public, and followed by a question and answer period.
Charles Darwin was an indifferent student well into his undergraduate years at the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge. Given this undistinguished background, how did he become transformed into a man of exceptional intellectual insight and produce a theory so powerful that it dramatically altered our view of the living world? Through a slide presentation of the places that Darwin visited, Dr. Schwartz traces the unique set of events that ultimately laid the foundation for Darwin’s distinctive genius.
Dr. Doug Schwartz is an archaeologist by profession, former President and current Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, President of the Society of American Archaeology and Chairman of the Jane Goodall African Wildlife Institute. He has had a long-term research interest in the origins of Charles Darwin's creativity. He has traveled worldwide to sites Darwin visited, showing the basis for Darwin's ideas. Schwartz in "retirement" is involved in writing, lecturing, publishing, and traveling. In the past year, his professional involvement has taken him to Ireland, Portugal, Cuba, Spain, Algeria, and Tunisia. To add to his many honors, he was named a "Luminaria" by the New Mexico Community Foundation in 2007.