Program in British Studies

Betty Smocovitis on 'Rhapsody on a Darwinian Theme'

Betty Smocovitis (University of Florida)

Fri, October 19, 2012 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Betty Smocovitis
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA


Darwin’s theory of evolution encompassed natural evolution and ideas of genetics and heredity that have been debated since the nineteenth century.  His thought also found expression in Anglo-American popular culture including music. Darwin’s life and patterns of thought continue to provoke controversy about the relationship between science and popular culture, but the musical dimension is among the most remarkable.


Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Florida. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of History and the Department of Biology. Her research interests include the history of evolutionary biology, genetics, and botany. She is currently working on a project that explores Darwinism in song, theater, and musical production.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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