Midwest Skeptics Society:
-Anti-Slavery and The Origin of Species" by Prof Stephen Dilks this coming Sat, March 31, 7pm at Perkins.
Pro Dilks is always fun every time I listen to one of his presentations. What I especially like about Stephen's talks is his historical knowledge around literature from the past. I'm sure you will enjoy his style as much as I, or I'm not an atheist. JOIN US for a cool trip thru the history of words about Darwin! >>>Plus he always joins us for a beer afterward.
***Professor Dilks is a fun speaker and gives a very comprehensible and entertaining literature history on his topics. DON'T MISS HIM. Every time I attend one of his presentations I look forward to the next one. And he always has a beer with us after the meetup for more fun! I like hearing about his stories in his homeland. You'll love visiting with him at the pub.*** "
Anti-Slavery and The Origin of Species: Darwin's Literary and Cultural Contexts." I explore cultural contexts and literary sources that help us understand the background to Darwin's life and work. In addition to highlighting some significant dates in terms of the British Abolition movement and "The Age of Reform," I will examine extracts from texts by Erasmus Darwin, Olaudah Equiano, and Thomas Clarkson. I'll consider the people and events that had the most direct influence on Charles Darwin at the University of Edinburgh and Cambridge University and will spend some time looking at specific passages fromThe Origin of Species and The Descent of Man.
>>>Dilks was born in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire and attended The University of Stirling in Scotland, where he studied Scottish and Irish Literature. He earned a Masters and Phd from Rutgers University and has been a Professor of English and Irish Literature at UMKC since 1997. He was recently honored with UMKC's Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to publishing a number of articles on The Craft of Teaching and on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, Dilks is co-author of a teaching textbook called Cultural Conversations (2002) and a monograph called Samuel Beckett in the Literary Marketplace (2011). Dilks's work on Darwin and the British Abolition movement is part on his current book-project, Decolonizing the English Mind.
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