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Acclaimed evolutionist discusses how religious and secular meaning systems help solve the problems of modern existence

November 9, 2010

TORONTO, ON — David Sloan Wil­son, SUNY Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Biol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy at Bing­ham­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, will give the 2010 Wie­gand Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion Lec­ture at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to on Mon­day, Novem­ber 15. The lec­ture takes place at 6 p.m. in the George Ignati­eff The­atre, 15 Devon­shire Place. Admis­sion is free, with gen­er­al seat­ing.

Pro­fes­sor Wil­son will be dis­cussing how the expe­ri­ence of the reli­gious believ­er dif­fers from those who regard them­selves as sec­u­lar and the ways in which reli­gious and sec­u­lar mean­ing sys­tems can help us con­struct new mean­ing sys­tems adapt­ed to solve the prob­lems of mod­ern exis­tence.

The Wie­gand Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion Lec­ture is pre­sent­ed annu­al­ly by the Fac­ul­ty of Arts & Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. The lec­ture series is named after the late Dr. William Wie­gand, a U of T alum­nus who gained inter­na­tion­al renown for ground­break­ing dis­cov­er­ies in the sci­ence of rub­ber com­pounds. Dr. Wie­gand was fas­ci­nat­ed by how sci­en­tists and philoso­phers approach the larg­er ques­tions which arise from a dia­logue between sci­ence and faith.

For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it, con­tact, or call 416–946-5937.


For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Bar­rett Hoop­er
Fac­ul­ty of Arts & Sci­ence
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
Tel: (416) 946‑3773