Cultures of Courtship: Scientific & Historical Perspectives on Charles Darwin's Descent of Man

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Obermann Center Library
111 Church St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
cover of Darwin paperback showing man standing by skeleton holding smaller ape skeleton

A lunchtime seminar featuring James Costa (Director, Highlands Biological Station, North Carolina) and Elizabeth Yale (History, University of Iowa) presenting research into the history of Darwin's theories of human evolution and sexual selection. How did Victorian attitudes towards sex, race, and gender shape Darwin's theory of sexual selection?

This event will interest students, faculty, and members of the public who attend the yearly Iowa City Darwin Day events. It will also illustrate how collaborations between humanists and scientists can help us understand the ways in which historical legacies inform current scientific theories.

Free and open to all.

Hosted by Iowa City Darwin Day and rEvolutionary Research Club, with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies