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Date:2/26/2009

tion of ideas in fields ranging from the life sciences to music."

Featured speakers during the two-week-long program include:

  • Peter Harrison, a professor of science and religion at the University of Oxford whose most recent book, "The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science" (2007), has been described as "a serious challenge to those who persist in the view that seventeenth-century science marked the triumph of secular reason over religious sensibility." Harrison will speak on "The Origins of the Conflict Between Science and Religion" on March 17.

  • Gary Mormino, a professor of history at the University of South Florida and a prolific writer of Florida history. Mormino will speak on "The Origins of Modern Florida: From Swamp to Swamped" on March 18.

  • Sean B. Carroll, a professor of molecular biology and genetics and writer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is considered one of the best and most prolific science writers working today. Two of his most recent books -- "The Making of the Fittest" (2006) and "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" (2005) -- will be the basis of a two-hour PBS special produced by WGBH's "Nova" series that will air later this year. Carroll will speak on "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species" on March 19.

  • Lisa Randall, a theoretical physicist at Harvard University and one of the world's leading experts on particle physics and cosmology. Her work in string theory as the quest to explain the underlying physics of the universe has attracted enormous attention around the world. Randall will speak on "The Origins of the Universe" on March 20.

  • E.O. Wilson, an evolutionary biologist, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and professor emeritus of Harvard University. Wilson has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the world's most distinguished scientists and one of its most important science writers. He also is the world's most outsp
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Contact: Frank Stephenson
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Florida State University
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