About the Theme Semester
“The concept of biological evolution is one
of the most important ideas ever
Evolutionary theory is a core concept that frames entire fields of inquiry and informs countless insights and discoveries in a wide range of disciplines, from biology and paleontology to psychology and philosophy.
The Winter 2006 LSA Theme Semester, Explore Evolution, will tap the rich intellectual and educational resources of LSA and other University of Michigan units to engage the campus and Ann Arbor area communities in an exploration of the basic concepts of biological evolution, as well as cutting-edge research in the field. Semester activities will also explore the insights gained when evolutionary concepts are used in the social sciences and as a metaphor in the arts and humanities. The theme semester is timed to coincide with the installation at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History of a National Science Foundation-funded museum exhibit, “Explore Evolution,” that will highlight the current research of seven evolutionary scientists, including U-M paleontologist Philip Gingerich.
The purpose of the theme semester is to engage the curious, fascinate the interested, and challenge faculty and students with cutting-edge issues in evolutionary science. The goals for the theme semester include:
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