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3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA

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Wallace T. MacCaffrey Distinguished Lecture in History presented by Jessica Riskin.

This lecture, drawn from a book-in-progress, will examine Revolution- and Romantic-era French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and the science that Lamarck named “Biology,” with the first evolutionary theory at its core. It will also explore the political and cultural struggle over the nature of science in which Lamarck’s biology figured crucially and will consider how science emerged from this struggle to be, as it is today, in a position of supreme intellectual authority yet also potential intellectual isolation.  

Jessica Riskin is Frances and Charles Field Professor of History at Stanford. She writes and teaches about the history of science, politics, and culture. She is the author of Science in the Age of Sensibility (2002) and The Restless Clock (2016) and is currently writing a book about the French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and the origins and history of evolutionary theory. 

Free and open to the public. Masks are required for this event.

Image credit: Jean-Baptiste Lamarck presenting his Philosophie zoologique to Napoléon, by Mikhail Dmitrievich Ezuchevsky (1880-1928), State Darwin Museum, Moscow.

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