Past Meetup

Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose

This Meetup is past

176 people went

Price: $3.00 /per person
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Dinner and social hour begin at 7:00 pm with an approximately hour-long presentation and question-and-answer session to follow.

This meetup is co-sponsored by Atlanta Skeptics (

Our Open Seating Policy ( will be in effect for this event.

Venue capacity = 120 / Estimated day-of RSVP turnout = 50%

Lee Dugatkin's ( Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose ( is a tale of both natural history and American history. What started out in the Revolutionary War era as an international dispute over natural history quickly took on important political overtones.

The story revolves around three fascinating individuals.

Thomas Jefferson, the French Count and world-renowned naturalist, George-Louis Leclerc Buffon, who claimed that all life in America was "degenerate," weak and feeble, and a very large, dead moose. While Jefferson is known to every schoolchild, the latter two, although lesser known, are equally important to the story. Their interactions lay at the heart of an amazing tale in which Jefferson obsessed over a very large, very dead moose that he believed could help quash early French arrogance toward a fledgling republic in America, and demonstrate that a young America was every bit the equal of a well-established Europe.

Our Speaker

Lee Alan Dugatkin ( is a Professor of Biology at the University of Louisville. He has a B.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology. In addition to Mr. Jefferson, he is the author of nine books on evolution, behavior, and the history of science, including The Altruism Equation ( and Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees (

Lee's book The Prince of Evolution ( is now out in trade paperback. It is a fast moving history-of-science/adventure tale centering on the remarkable life of Prince Peter Kropotkin.

Lee has lectured on his work all over the world, including in England, Canada, Japan, Sweden, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, and Switzerland. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and son. You can follow Lee on Twitter @LeeDugatkin (!/LeeDugatkin) and on his Facebook page (

There will be booking signing immediately following Lee's talk and, thanks to A Cappella Books (, intown Atlanta's only full-service general bookstore, copies of Mr. Jefferson will be available for sale at that time.