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Lecture is part of the College’s yearlong celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday

Art historian Barbra Larson will speak on “Darwin’s Sexual Selection and the Jealous Male in Fin de Siecle Art” 4:10 p.m. Nov. 12, in Williams Center for the Arts room 108.

The lecture is one of many events this year marking Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his work On the Origin of Species. It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition From Scales to Feathers: The Evanescent Presence of Sculpted Wings by environmental artist Brandon Ballengee, which runs through Dec. 12 in the Williams Center Art Gallery.

Larson is associate professor of art history at University of West Florida. Her areas of interest include French cultural history and the history of science. She is co-editor with Fay Brauer of The Art of Evolution: Darwin, Darwinism, and Visual Culture, which was published to coincide with a conference sponsored by the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London in July. She also published The Dark Side of Nature: Science, Society, and the Fantastic in the Work of Odilon Redon (2005), which explores the influence of the great 19th century scientific debates on one of France’s most important graphic artists.

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