CSU, Chico News

Natural History Museum To Sponsor Book Discussions on ‘The Reluctant Mr. Darwin’

Date: 01-24-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Rachel Teasdale
Geological and Environmental Sciences

In preparation for a visit by science writer David Quammen on March 11, the public is invited to join in a discussion series on his book “The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution” (Great Discoveries, 2006, W.W. Norton).

The Northern California Natural History Museum, College of Natural Sciences and Chico Performances are jointly sponsoring Quammen’s visit as part of the California State University, Chico “On the Creek” lecture series.

Professor Rachel Teasdale, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and other CSU, Chico science faculty members will lead a series of informative and thought-provoking discussions of Quammen’s book. Anyone interested is invited to join the group.

On four Thursday evenings, beginning Feb. 14 and continuing Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 6, faculty members will lead focused discussions about the book, each from a different perspective. These discussions will begin at 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy in Chico. For additional information, visit the web site.

Quammen is an award-winning science, nature and travel writer whose work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Outside, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Book Review. He wrote a column, Natural Acts, for Outside magazine for 15 years. He lives in Bozeman, Mont.

In addition to “The Reluctant Mr. Darwin,” Quammen has written numerous books and articles, including “Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature,” “The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions” and “Wild Thoughts From Wild Places.”

Quammen has been honored with a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, three National Magazine Awards, the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the BP Natural World Book Prize (Great Britain) and the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing. He received an honorary doctorate from Montana State University.