FIRST DAY OF CLASS. Aug. 26, 2014
Many of my poems include science, either through the use of a single detail or as part of their larger themes. This fall, I will be co-teaching Biological Evolution in the Humanities with biology professor, Dr. Gary Fritz, at Eastern Illinois University. Throughout the semester, I’ll post what we’re up to as a course like this doesn’t come around often.
Here is our course description:
This interdisciplinary course examines the influence, effects and outcomes of the foundational theory of modern biology (the theory of evolution) on the humanities. In the late 19th century, Charles Darwin proposed a theory of biological evolution that offered a new paradigm regarding the history of life on earth and, therefore, our place in it. This seemingly radical theory, though, stood on the shoulders of many predecessors including both contributions from the humanities and natural sciences. Today, the theory of evolution is arguably one of the most well supported, robust theories in science and has transformed the way we perceive and understand ourselves and the diversity of life-forms that surround us. This course examines the interweaving of human culture, history and philosophy with the development and understanding of the theory that explains our organic history.
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