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March 2, 2006

Noted environmentalist E.O. Wilson to lecture on “The Future of Life” at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. E.O. Wilson, known as “The Father of Biodiversity,” will share his views on the status of the biosphere and his plan to save the Earth's biological heritage based on his most recent book “The Future of Life” at Birmingham Southern College March 9 in Munger Hall Auditorium at 11 a.m.

“The Future of Life” deals with Wilson's passion for the future of the environment as well as society's obligation to be responsible stewards of the ecosystem. In it he brings to the forefront his deep emotional concern for humanity's degradation of the Earth's ecosystem.

Wilson is thought to be one of the greatest living scientists in the world, having made considerable contributions to the fields of animal behavior, biodiversity, conservation, entomology, environmental ethics, evolutionary psychology, island biogeography, myrmecology and the philosophy of knowledge. He is a recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for non-fiction in 1979 and 1991.

He has won more than 75 international awards for science, including the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1976, and has also been awarded more than 27 honorary doctoral degrees from Europe and North America.

Wilson has been a Harvard professor for four decades. He is currently professor emeritus and honorary curator of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard.

The March 9 lecture, sponsored by Birmingham-Southern College and The Nature Conservancy of Alabama, is open to the public, free of charge. The event is part of the college's continuing year-long Sesquicentennial celebration. For more information, call 205/226-4658.




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