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WFU freshmen confront issues of faith and science through readings, lecture


August 21, 2007

Nationally recognized evolutionary biologist Kenneth Miller, author of “Finding Darwin’s God,” will speak to Wake Forest University’s incoming freshmen on the relationships between religion, science and evolution during a special orientation lecture in Wait Chapel at 8 p.m. Aug. 26.

All new students were asked to read three articles by Miller over the summer.  They will take part in small group discussions led by their academic advisors at dinner before Miller speaks.

"Our hope is that Dr. Miller’s lecture, which will be required for incoming students but also open to everyone on campus, will serve to model the intellectual environment these students are entering through a topic that is front and center in our society,” says Jay Ford, associate professor of religion at Wake Forest, who chairs the Committee for Orientation and Lower Division Advising. 

Although the lecture is not open to the public, members of the media may attend.  To arrange for admission to the lecture or to schedule an interview with Miller, contact the Wake Forest News Service by Aug. 24.

Miller, a professor of biology at Brown University, has been one of evolution’s foremost defenders on the national stage.  He writes and lectures widely on the topic and comments frequently for print and broadcast media, explaining the scientific evidence for evolution and refuting the doctrines of creation science and intelligent design.  Miller previously spoke at Wake Forest in October 2005 during an academic symposium that was part of the inauguration of President Nathan O. Hatch.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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