Terry Lectures will explore the memory of Darwin’s work and life
Janet Browne, the Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, will be this year’s guest lecturer for the 2015 Dwight H. Terry Lecture series titled “Becoming Darwin: History, Memory, and Biography.”
Her first lecture, “Economist of Nature,” will take place on Nov. 3. Her second lecture, “Stories of a Scientific Life,” will take place on Nov. 5. The final lecture, on Nov. 10, is titled “Icon.” All three lectures will be held at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., starting at 4:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.
Browne is currently the chair of Harvard’s history of science department and teaches the history of biology, including the history of evolutionary theory. She has previously taught at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London and was an associate editor of the early volumes of “The Correspondence of Charles Darwin.” In 2002, she completed a two-volume biography of Charles Darwin that integrated Darwin’s science with his life and times.
The Dwight H. Terry Lectureship was established in 1905 by a gift from Dwight Harrington Terry of Bridgeport, Connecticut, to endow a series of lectures on religion and its application to human welfare in the light of scientific knowledge and philosophical insights. The lectures are published in book form by Yale University Press. Previous Terry lecturers have included Carl Jung, Margaret Mead, Rebecca West, Peter Singer, Marilynne Robinson, and Terry Eagleton.