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Avila to help underwrite upcoming lecture on Darwin

Andrew Berry's lecture to precede Friends of Chamber Music event


October 12, 2011

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Avila University, in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library, will present, in part, a free lecture as part of the Harry S. Truman Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at the library's Plaza Branch.

Distinguished lecturer, Andrew Perry, Ph.D., will present Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace: The Beetle Connection. The lecture topic is a fitting lead-in for the performance of The Darwin Project at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the brand new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Darwin Project, written by Avila alum Jeremy Lillig and Nancy Cervetti, Ph.D., an Avila English professor with scientific consultation by Robert Powell, Ph.D., Avila professor of biology, is presented by the Friends of Chamber Music. The unique multi-media concert experience, which includes a string quartet, piano and chorale group, explores the life of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution.

Berry, an organismic and evolutionary biology lecturer at Harvard University, author and scientific advisor to PBS and NOVA, will discuss the connection of Darwin and Wallace and how their theories are being used today on the DNA level. Berry holds a degree in zoology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in evolutionary genetics from Princeton University.



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.