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Gibson to present final 'Darwinpalooza' talk

Barry McNamara
Tobias Gibson, assistant professor of political science at Westminster College and a member of the Monmouth College faculty for three years, will present the final lecture in the year-long “Darwinpalooza” series, on March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room in the college’s Stockdale Center.

Titled “The Supreme Court Seen Through the Eyes of Evolution,” the talk is free and open to the public. Using the few evolution cases that have been heard by the Supreme Court, Gibson’s talk will serve as a window to the inner workings of the Supreme Court.

Gibson received his Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006. He teaches courses on American politics, including the Supreme Court, constitutional law and judicial process and is the author of several articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries on the institution of the Supreme Court, public law and democratic theory.

English professor Rob Hale, one of the coordinators of “Darwinpalooza,” commented on the success of the series, which started on Feb. 12, 2009, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

"I’ve been extremely pleased with how well it has been received,” he said. “We’ve averaged over 75 audience members for each talk, and some of the lectures have exceeded 100 participants. I think students have begun to realize the wide influence Darwin and his theories have had on fields as diverse as biology, religious studies, literature, the law, computer science, history, art, communications and sociology. I think the series has helped the campus think about integrated studies in a new and interesting way.”

Hale said “Darwinpalooza” would not have come together so well without cooperation among faculty and staff in a variety of departments.

“The collaboration with people across campus has made ‘Darwinpalooza’ one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career at Monmouth College,” he said. “I am grateful for the campus-wide support the series has received.”