Lecture marks 20 years of women’s and gender studies at Willamette

To commemorate and celebrate 20 years of women’s and gender studies at Willamette University, the department presents “Sexual Selection’s Changing Definitions and the Social Selection Challenge,” on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Willamette University College of Law’s Paulus Lecture Hall

In this free lecture, Stanford emeritus professor of biology Joan Roughgarden controversially challenges neo-Darwinian sexual selection, instead offering social-selection theory. According to Roughgarden, social selection’s perspective on reproduction considers “social bonds that enable successful offspring rearing.”

Coming out as a transsexual woman in 1998, Roughgarden also wrote “Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist,” in which she offers “an elegant, deeply satisfying reconciliation of the theory of evolution and the wisdom of the Bible.”

In 2006, Roughgarden discussed these issues at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies with Richard Dawkins, Carolyn Porco and Francisco Ayala on The Science Network’s “Beyond Belief.”

For more information, contact Marva Duerksen at 503-370-6034.