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The 2015 E.T.S. Walton Lecture on Science and Religion is:

Dealing with Darwin: Place, Politics and Polemics in Christian Engagements with Evolution


Prof. David Livingstone
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
Queen's University, Belfast


Friday 24 April 2015
19:00, Theatre 2, Hume Building, North Campus, Maynooth University

Friday 15 May 2015
19:30, The Hub, 22 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast


Abstract. The lecture examines the role of place, politics and rhetoric in the way religious communities sharing a Scots Presbyterian heritage engaged with Darwinism in different venues - Edinburgh, Belfast, Columbia and Princeton. What emerges is the degree to which debates over Darwin were deeply embedded in local circumstances, whether to do with anxieties over the control of higher education, views about the politics of race relations, challenges to traditional cultural identity, or attitudes to higher criticism. Attending to such particularities is intended to subvert the perennial inclination of many to speak of the relationship between science and religion - not least in our own day.


David N. Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen's University Belfast, a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is the author of a number of books including Darwin's Forgotten Defenders (Scottish Academic Press), The Geographical Tradition (Blackwell), Putting Science in its Place (University of Chicago Press), and Adam's Ancestors: Race, Religion and the Politics of Human Origins (Johns Hopkins University Press). Dealing with Darwin: Place, Politics and Rhetoric in Religious Encounters with Evolution (Johns Hopkins University Press) was published in 2014. He was awarded an OBE in 2002 and has received the Gold Medal of the Royal Irish Academy, the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, and an Honorary D. Litt. from the University of Aberdeen. He delivered the Gifford Lectures in 2014 and the Dudleian Lecture at Harvard in 2015, and currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. More information about David Livingstone can be found on his personal webpage.



Travelling to Maynooth University

By car: Maynooth is situated 25 km from Dublin city centre. Follow the M4 West until junction 7 (signposted Maynooth/Straffan/Naas) and follow the signs to Maynooth. To reach the North Campus, take the left in the centre of the town, then turn right, take the next left and the entrance is on your right. Follow the one-way ring road until you find suitable parking. There is free parking on campus after 6 pm. Campus map.

By train: there are several trains from Connolly Station to Maynooth on Friday evening:
Outbound: 17:44 - 18:24, 18:05 - 18:34 (non-stop), and 18:10 - 18:48,
Return: 20:40 - 21:08 (non-stop), 20:47 - 21:28, and 21:05 - 21:43.
For a full schedule see http://www.irishrail.ie/. The North Campus is 10-15 minutes walk from the railway station. Campus map.

By bus: Dublin Bus has limited services on Friday evening on route 66 via Lucan and Leixlip and route 67 via Lucan and Celbridge. More information at http://www.dublinbus.ie/

Accommodation. For those wishing to stay overnight in Maynooth, Maynooth Campus Conference & Accommodation offers various types of accommodation starting from €27.- per night and continental breakfast at €7.-.



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