Edward O. Wilson to Discuss Earth’s Survival
Published on October 8, 2010
SELINSGROVE—Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and Harvard biologist, will discuss the planet’s needs for survival Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Weber Chapel Auditorium. His lecture, “The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth,” is free and open to the public.
Wilson will discuss the future of the planet, suggesting that those of faith and science alike should be concerned about Earth’s welfare. He presents a way of thinking that incorporates both science and religion as part of the basis for human existence, and advocates both as integral schools of thought in preserving the planet.
The celebrated professor of biology at Harvard University is one of the most highly respected scientists in the world today. Hailed as one of America's 25 Most Influential People by Time magazine, he has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for his books “Ants” and “On Human Nature.” He also edited the volume “Biodiversity,” which in 1988 introduced the term and launched worldwide attention to the subject. In 1984, with “Biophilia,” he introduced the concept of a genetically based tendency to affiliate and bond with parts of the natural world. His “The Diversity of Life” (1992), which brought together knowledge of the magnitude of biodiversity and the threats to it, had a major public impact. His most recent book, “The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth” (2006), concerns the survival of our planet, written in the form of an impassioned letter.
In addition to more than 20 books, Wilson has written more than 400 articles and received some 75 awards in international recognition for his contributions to science and humanity. For his conservation work, he has received the Audubon Medal of the National Audubon Society and the Gold Medal of the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Wilson’s lecture is the latest in Susquehanna’s Claritas Distinguished Speaker in the Sciences Series, organized by the School of Natural and Social Sciences and funded by an endowment from alumni George E. and Margaret Lauver Harris. The series supports lectures, seminars or residencies by internationally recognized leaders to discuss topics in the public interest.
Karen M. Jones