The two-day event covers environment and evolution and will be held at the McKenzie-Merket
One of the featured events is about NASA's Exobiology Program.
Earth, Life & System Symposium Agenda Announced for September 2012
The agenda has been announced for the Earth, Life & System Symposium, which will
be held Sept. 13-14 at McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center on the Texas Tech University
The two-day event covers environment and evolution, and is held in honor of Lynn
Margulis. Margulis was distinguised university professor in the Department of Geosciences
at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. – “Endoprebiosis: Encapsulation and Merger of Nucleic Acids and
Proteins in the Origin of Life” by Sankar Chatterjee, Horn Professor in the department of Geosciences and curator of paleontology at Texas Tech.
10:30 am. - noon – “Unsettling, even perhaps a bit sinister’: The Implications of
Waddington’s ‘World Egg’ for Feminist New Materialism” by Susian Squier, Julia Brill
Professor of women’s studies and english at Pennsylvania State University
1 - 2:30 p.m. – “Carl Woese and Lynn Margulis on Biological Kingdoms and Domains”
by Jan Sapp, professor of biology and history at York University
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. – “Gaia and the History of the Biosphere Concept” by J. Baird Callicott,
University Distinguished Research Professor of philosophy and religion studies at
the University of North Texas
4:30 - 6 p.m. – “The World According to Margulis: Attempts at Philosophical Summation”
by Dorion Sagan, writer
6 - 7:30 p.m. – Public reception at McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center Courtyard
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. – “The Planetary Imagination from Dune to Gaia” by Bruce Clarke,
Horn Professor of literature and science at Texas Tech
10:30 a.m. - noon – “Symbiogenesis and other Non-Darwinian Processes in Evolution”
by James A. Shapiro, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the University
1 - 2:30 p.m. – “ NASA’s Exobiology Program as Incubator for the Serial Endosymbiosis
and Gaia Theories, 1964-1982”
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. – “Sustainable Development: Alternative Pathways in Developmental
Systems Theory” by Susan Oyama, professor emeriti of psychology at John Jay College
and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
4:30 - 6 p.m. – “Coming to Terms with Global Change: Technology is Not Enough” by
Peter Westbroek, emeritus professor of geophysiology at Leiden University and Royal
Netherlands Academy of Sciences and Arts
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