Ned Friedman, the new director, has initiated a series of outstanding free public lectures by top names in the field of evolutionary studies. All lectures take place in the Hunnewell Lecture Hall, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130. Advance registration is required. Contact Pamela Thompson, 617.384.5277. http://calendar.arboretum.harvard.edu/index.php
"The Good, the Bad, and Occasionally the Dead: Humanity’s Relationship with Earth’s Nitrogen" by Alan Townsend, University of Colorado, Boulder, is the next lecture in the series, to be held Monday, February 28, 6:30–8:30pm
He will speak about the occasionally odd, often dramatic history of humanity’s relationship with phosphorous and nitrogen.
How do we live the lives we want while maintaining healthy ecosystems that can support future generations? These challenges will define the coming century, and one of them lies at the heart of the most fundamental of human needs: the need to eat, the good these chemical elements do and the harm they cause, and ultimately, the reasons to have hope for a better future.
There will also be a lecture on "Our Constitution’s Intelligent Design" by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III on Monday, March 28, 6:30–8:30pm for Arboretum members only. You can join online at arboretum.harvard.edu/membership or call 617-384-5767.
In 2005 Judge John Jones presided over the landmark case of Kitzmiller v. Dover, and thereafter rendered an opinion holding that it is unconstitutional to teach the concept of intelligent design as an alternative to the theory of evolution. In the aftermath of that ruling, Judge Jones, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, was subjected to intense criticism. Judge Jones will highlight some of the lessons he learned from these experiences, including the development of his passion for judicial independence, and a belief in the need for better civics education, particularly related to our three branches of government
Ned Friedman recommends the following reading related to this talk:
· Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District (available online), Monkey Girl by Edward Humes,
· 40 Days and 40 Nights by Matthew Chapman,
· The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything by Gordy Slack
· The Devil in Dover by Lauri Lebo.