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David Sloan Wilson

David Sloan Wilson Continues Writers Series at Hartwick

October 24, 2012

Hartwick College continues to host its series of readings and presentations by award-winning writers renowned in the arts, humanities, and sciences throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. The series is titled "Four Writers Who Changed the World", and the next reading on November 7, 2012 will feature David Sloan Wilson, Guggenheim Fellow and National Multiple Sclerosis Society Book Award recipient.

All events in the series, including Wilson's upcoming lecture titled "Using Evolution to Improve the Quality of Everyday Life," are free of charge and will be held at 8 p.m. in the Theatre of the Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus.

Wilson is an evolutionist who studies all aspects of humanity in addition to the biological world. He manages a number of programs designed to expand the influence of evolutionary theory in higher education (EvoS), public policy (The Evolution Institute), community-based research (The Binghamton Neighborhood Project), and religion (Evolutionary Religious Studies).

A SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University, New York, Wilson has written several trade books, including Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives and The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve my City, One Block at a Time, which won the "Books for a Better Life" Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the "Green" category.

According to the publisher of The Neighborhood Project, "Wilson's remarkable findings help us to understand how we must become wise managers of evolutionary processes to accomplish positive change at all scales, from effective therapies for individuals, to empowering neighborhoods, to regulating the worldwide economy. With an ambitious scope that spans biology, sociology, religion, and economics, The Neighborhood Project is a memoir, a practical handbook for improving the quality of life, and an exploration of the big questions being pondered by religious sages, philosophers, and storytellers. Approaching the same questions from an evolutionary perspective shows, as never before, how places define us."

"Billy Collins, Marilynne Robinson, David Sloan Wilson, and Derek Walcott have each changed our world and the way we see it" said Hartwick College Professor of English Dr. Robert Bensen, series coordinator, "because of the ways they write about the personal and political, the scientific and spiritual dimensions of our lives."

Hartwick College has long been committed to fostering excellence in writing. Presented by The NEH Visiting Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities & the Division of Arts & Humanities, "Four Writers Who Changed the World" lectures and readings are free of charge and the community is encouraged to attend.

A reception and book-signing will follow each reading. Copies of books by each author will be available for purchase prior to the readings at the Hartwick College Barnes & Nobel Bookstore on campus.

Presenters throughout the remainder of the series include:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012: Science Writer David Sloan Wilson. SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence; Guggenheim Fellow and National MS Society Book Award. Author of The Neighborhood Project, Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives (2007), and three others.

Monday, March 11, 2013: Poet and Playwright Derek Walcott. Nobel Prize for Literature and MacArthur Foundation Award, Royal Society of Literature, and the Queen's Medal for Poetry. Author of twenty-one volumes, including White Egrets, The Bounty, Tiepolo's Hound, Another Life, and many other collections of poetry, plays, and essays. Hartwick College awarded Walcott an honorary doctorate in 1990 in recognition of his many contributions to the College.

Thursday, April 18, 2013: Novelist and Essayist Marilynne Robinson. Pulitzer Prize, PEN/Hemingway Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award; essayist and novelist, author of When I Was a Child, I Read Books; Gilead, Housekeeping, The Death of Adam, Absence of Mind.

For more information on Wilson, visit his blog, "Evolution for Everyone" at http://scienceblogs.com/evolution/.

For additional information on the series, contact Bensen at 607-431-4902 or bensenr@hartwick.edu.

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