I thought that you might like to know that Janet Browne of Harvard University will be giving a talk on Charles Darwin in the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. on March 15 in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall on the campus of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.
A description of her talk: “By the time of his death Charles Darwin was one of the most celebrated — and one of the most notorious — scientists in the world. Today he is just as famous. Still controversial, Darwin has become an icon of modern science at the same time as his theories have become the basis of modern biology.
Professor Browne’s talk will explore how Darwin came to write the Origin of Species and its impact in Victorian England. Taking advantage of the magnificent archive of original correspondence located in Cambridge England, she describes how Darwin was simultaneously a public figure surrounded by controversy and a private family man with many friends and relations — and a succession of small children. The public and private were closely intermeshed in Darwin’s life, not always comfortably.”
The event is free and open to the public. For further information, visit: