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Pulitzer Winner, Scholar To Lecture At Collin

Pulitzer Winner, Scholar To Lecture At Collin

October 12, 2006 - Collin County Community College District (Collin) will host a Pulitzer Prize winner and history scholar Thursday, Oct. 26.

Dr. Edward J. Larson, the Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law and Richard B. Russell Professor of American History at the University of Georgia, will speak at 1 p.m., at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The title of his lecture is "From Dayton to Dover: A Brief History of the Evolution Teaching Controversy in America."

The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Larson's areas of expertise are healthcare law, science and technology law, bioethics, property law and legal history. He has published six books and more than 100 articles about law, science and medicine from a historical perspective.

In 1998, Dr. Larson received the Pulitzer Prize in History for "Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion" becoming the first sitting law professor to receive the Pulitzer Prize in History.

His other publications include "Evolution's Workshop: God and Science in the Galapagos Islands," which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002, and "Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution" and "Sex, Race and Eugenics in the Deep South." He has also published more than 100 articles.

He is frequently interviewed by broadcast and print media, including multiple appearances on major programs for PBS, the History Channel, Court TV, CNN and C-SPAN.

The Fulbright Program named Larson to the John Adams Chair in American Studies for 2001, and he received the 2000 George Sarton Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Larson's visit is sponsored by the Center for Scholarly & Civic Engagement, the Honors Institute, the Math & Natural Sciences Division and the Social & Behavioral Sciences Division. For more information, contact the Center for Scholarly & Civic Engagement at 972.881.5900.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.