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Presented February-March 2009, the Evolution Matters lecture series featured discussions on evolutionary theory, the impact of Charles Darwin's work, and current evolution research.

Darwin at 200: Rethinking the Revolution
Lecture by Janet Browne
Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University
In celebration of “Darwin Day” Harvard's Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, explores Charles Darwin’s cultural significance and what he has come to represent over time: the idea of scientific progress.

Evolution in the Post-Genomic Age
Lecture by Pardis Sabeti
Assistant Professor in Harvard University’s Center for Systems Biology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard's Pardis Sabeti, a trailblazer in genomic research and one of today’s “top 100 living geniuses,” discusses how contemporary scientists are applying the principles of natural selection to mine the human genome and untangle the forces that have shaped our species.


Survival of the Fleetest, Smartest, or Fattest? Human Evolution 150 Years After Darwin
Lecture by Daniel Lieberman
Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University
One hundred and fifty years after the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, Harvard Professor of Biological Anthropology Daniel Lieberman explains how many of the adaptations that enabled us to succeed as active hunter-gatherers, including the ability to store fat for lean time, can now impair our well-being and may even threaten our species' very survival.

Finding Your Inner Fish
Lecture by Neil Shubin
University of Chicago Paleontologist
Dr. Neil Shubin made headlines with the recent discovery of the 375-million-year-old fossil remains of Tiktaalik roseae—dubbed the “missing link” between fish and land animals. Shubin discusses the evolutionary baggage that we carry in our genetic lineage that originated in earlier animals.

The Tiktaalik roseae was discovered in 2004 by Shubin and his colleagues, Dr. Ted Daeschler (The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia) and Dr. Farish A. Jenkins Jr. (Harvard University). Shubin hold several titles at the University of Chicago including Robert R. Bensley Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy.