Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—David Sloan Wilson will present “Evolving the City: Using Evolutionary Theory to Understand and Improve the Human Condition” at the Scholars’ Convocation at 11 a.m. on Thurs., Nov. 19 in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Wilson, an evolutionary biologist, will talk about the relevance of the theory of evolution to many aspects of human affairs, including how evolutionary theory can help solve problems ranging from the quality of neighborhoods to large-scale social interaction.

Wilson has a wide range of interests, including natural selection as a hierarchical process, the nature of intraspecific variation, the evolution of ecological communities, and human evolutionary biology. Publisher’s Weekly called his recent book, “Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives,” “by far the most accessible account of evolution for a general audience, as well as the farthest ranging.” He is a professor in the Departments of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University and is a SUNY Distinguished Professor.

Wilson’s lecture is part of Grinnell's Scholars’ Convocation series. For more information about the speaker series, go to The Joe Rosenfield '25 Center is located at 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus.