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April 2009

What’s New · Charles Darwin – The True Story

John van Wyhe John van Wyhe

Main Library Program

Much of what is commonly accepted as the truth about Charles Darwin isn’t actually true. He did not discover evolution on the Galapagos Islands; Darwin's finches were not the turning point of his research; he did not keep his theory secret for 20 years; he was not trying to undermine religion; and he was not an atheist.

On Friday, April 17, at 4:00 p.m., Dr. John van Wyhe of Cambridge University will reveal what Darwin really did and said during his program, Charles Darwin: The True Story in the Main Library’s Huenefeld Tower Room. A Bye-Fellow of Christ’s College—Darwin’s own college—and a member of the British Society for the History of Science, Dr. John van Wyhe’s recent research has challenged the long-held view that Darwin held back or kept his theory secret for 20 years.

University of Cincinnati Program

Dr. Wyhe will also present a program entitled Mind the Gap: Did Darwin Avoid Publishing His Theory for 20 Years? at the University of Cincinnati on Thursday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m. More information is available on U.C.'s website.

Thanks to our Sponsors...

Charles Darwin: The True Story is co-sponsored by the Library Programs Fund and the University of Cincinnati as part of the 2009 Darwin Sesquicentennial Celebration Program. This collaborative community education program for Greater Cincinnati celebrates the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his famous work, On the Origin of Species. Partners include the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University, College of Mount St. Joseph, Thomas More College, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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