Lecture: Darwin's Sacred Cause

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 • 4:30PM - 6:00PM • 131 DeBartolo

The Philip S. and Joan C. Endowment for Excellence in the History of Medicine presents: Darwin's Sacred Cause, a presentation by Jim Moore, The Open University.

Why did Charles Darwin, a rich and impeccably upright gentleman, go out of his way to develop privately a subversive image of human evolution and then pursue the subject with tenacity for three decades?  Underpinning his work on human origins was a belief in racial brotherhood rooted in the greatest moral movement of his age, that for the abolition of slavery.Darwin extended the abolitionist belief in common ancestry to the rest of life, making not just the races, but all races kin.