FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT DAVID KOCH AT 203-332-5710

DARWIN SUBJECT OF HCC TALK
 
HCC PROFESSOR TO SPEAK
 
April 8 at 3 and 7 p.m.

BRIDGEPORT – Darwinism: History and Hysteria will be the subject of a talk April 8 at Housatonic Community College.

The talk, part of HCC’s Contemporary Issues series, will center on the historical significance of Charles Darwin and the intense controversy that surrounds his theory of evolution, from its first publication 150 years ago to the current, often acrimonious debate on evolution and creationism in the United States.

The speaker will be HCC professor David Koch, who regularly speaks on historical topics at public libraries in the area.

 “Charles Darwin’s proposal of natural selection as the engine for the system of biological development has spurred furious debate in Europe and the United States.,” Koch remarked. “His work has become a lightening rod for the intense conflict between faith and reason that has taken place for centuries in western societies.”

 “Darwin’s own private agony over the spiritual implications of his work and the questioning of his own faith make his scientific work all the more poignant,” Koch added.

Koch has worked for national historical and natural sites, promoting the nation’s physical and historical heritage. He has also lectured for organizations across the country and in Europe on such topics as Civil War battles, politics in the Civil War, medicine in the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s life and political activities, and slavery and the American Experience.

Koch’s talks, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall. HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards of I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard.

Free parking is available in the Housatonic Community College garage.