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Evolution Weekend Presentation set for Feb. 21

Dubuque, Iowa – Dr. Andrew J. Petto from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will give a presentation titled “Descent with Modification: If You Can Doubt It, Thank Evolution!” during a special Evolution Weekend event at Clarke University on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The presentation takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is free.

Petto will give a brief refresher on scientific inquiry and the facts of evolution before focusing on research concerning why scientists have had difficulty convincing the general public about the usefulness and importance of these ideas. This will be followed by a panel discussion including Petto and Clarke faculty members Bill Gregory, associate professor of Religious Studies, and Tom Riley, professor of Philosophy.

Petto, senior lecturer in Biosciences at UW-Milwaukee, is co-editor of Scientists Confront Creationism. His teaching and research interests are in promoting the understanding of nature and the process of scientific inquiry as a context for the factual information that scientific research generates. 

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.

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