Come to the Lilly Library to enjoy an evening with Charles Darwin–or at least with books, letters, photographs, and other artifacts associated with him. This is your opportunity to hold in your hands a first edition of Origin of Species, signed by Charles Darwin himself. We will also encounter one of Darwin’s greatest foes, Louis Agassiz, the pre-eminent American scientist of his time, as well as other opponents of evolutionary thought. Among those was the anonymous creator of a very peculiar version of human descent featured in this illustration from 1874, who proposed that, if humans weren’t descended from apes, Charles Darwin certainly was!
Our expert guide to these highlights from the Lilly Library’s collection will be Christoph Irmscher, author of the most recent biography of Louis Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). The IU Libraries own this title in print and in e-book format.
This free lecture was organized by the Sassafras Audubon Society. Seating is limited.