Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series

hear scientist Michael Behe on January 25 and 26

Intelligent design advocate Michael Behe will present two lectures as part of Walla Walla College’s Distinguished Scholar Lecture series on January 25 and 26.

Behe, author of the book Darwin’s Black Box, has been a significant, though sometimes controversial, voice in the intelligent design movement. He advocates the concept of “irreducible complexity,” or the idea that some structures are too complex at the biochemical level to be adequately explained as a result of evolutionary methods.

Behe is a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Penn., and a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. Behe has a chemistry degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has completed postdoctoral work on DNA structure at the National Institutes of Health. Before his current position at Lehigh University, Behe taught chemistry at Queens College in New York City.

He is the author of more than 40 technical papers, and the 1996 book Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution.

As the 2007 Distinguished Scholar, Behe will make two public presentations: “Science and Intelligent Design” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, and “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Intelligent Design of Life” at 6 p.m. the following evening. Both presentations will be held in the Walla Walla Valley Academy Auditorium, 300 S.W. Academy Way. Behe will also be available to answer questions during a lunch event in Kellogg Hall's Alaska Room at noon on Friday.

The WWC Distinguished Scholar Lecture series is designed to bring notable scholars to the WWC campus from a variety of disciplines. Its purpose is to enrich the quality of campus academic dialogue. 

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