Dr. Michael Ruse to present 2007 Suarez Lecture on March 15

Thu, 03/01/2007 (All day)

Mar 01, 2007

MOBILE — Dr. Michael Ruse, the Lucyle Werkmeister professor of philosophy at Florida State University, will present Spring Hill College’s 2007 Suarez Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in Byrne Memorial Hall, located on the college campus. Ruse’s lecture is titled “The Evolution-Creation Struggle: A Very American Story.” Admission is free, and a reception will follow the lecture.

America today is divided over the question of origins — did animals and plants all come from a slow process of evolution, or is Genesis taken literally and God created us miraculously in six days? Ruse, director of the program in the History and Philosophy of Science at Florida State University, looks at the historical roots of this divide to show why it persists and why it is a peculiarly American problem. He is the author of many books on evolutionary biology, including his most recent, “Darwinism and its Discontents.”

The Suarez Lecture, Spring Hill College's first annual lecture series, was started in 1965 by Tau Omega, the college philosophy club. The series brings nationally known scholars to lecture on topics that alternate between philosophy and theology. It is named in honor of Jesuit philosopher and theologian Francisco Suarez (1548-1617).

For more information or directions to the Suarez lecture, call the Spring Hill College Division of Philosophy and Theology at (251) 380-4660.