An Intimate History of Evolution: The Huxleys and Rice University

The Huxleys - book cover

Please join us for a lecture by Alison Bashford, Scientia Professor of History at University of New South Wales, Sydney and director of the Laureate Centre for History & Population.

Bashford will reveal some of the riches and treasures in the Huxley Papers held by the Woodson Research Center in the Fondren Library, and how she weaves them into a story of a family, of biological sciences, and of the modern world. She will be in conversation with Rice University biologist Scott Solomon.

Monday, April 24 at 6 p.m.
Reception and book table to follow

Rice University, Kyle Morrow Room
Fondren Library

Alison Bashford

Alison Bashford is Scientia Professor of History at University of New South Wales, Sydney and director of the Laureate Centre for History and Population. Previously she was the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial History at the University of Cambridge. In 2021, she was awarded the Dan David Prize for her longstanding scholarship in the history of medicine and is a Fellow of the British Academy. Bashford’s historical research connects the history of science, global history and environmental history into new assessments of the modern world from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

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Scott Solomon

Scott Solomon teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication as an associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice University. He has a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and behavior from the University of Texas at Austin, where his research examined the evolutionary basis of biological diversity in the Amazon basin. Solomon often speaks and writes about evolutionary biology for general audiences. He is the creator and host of the podcast “Wild World with Scott Solomon.” He has appeared on numerous television and streaming series and his writing and photography have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, NBC News, Slate, Aeon, Nautilus and Wired. His first book, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution was published by Yale University Press and was included on the 2017 Best Book List by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is currently working on a popular science book for MIT Press about how living in space will affect the future evolution of the human body and mind.

Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren 3rd Floor
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