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NewsScientist Lynn Margulis Explores Controversial Evolutionary Theory

Margulis profiled in the Brattleboro Reformer

Innovative researcher Lynn Margulis, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will explore provocative ideas in evolution and on Monday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College as part of the Monday Night Lecture Series.

In “Symbiogenesis, Not Random Mutation,” Margulis will discuss her significant and controversial theory of evolution. Her influential research proposes that symbiogenesis, the creation of a new organism from the merging of two separate organisms, is a principal and crucial force in evolution. Margulis’ work challenges the popular Neo-Darwinist theory of random genetic mutations and natural selection.

Margulis has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Science and the William Proctor Prize of Sigma Xi from the International Research Society. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Art and Science and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979. Margulis is the author of over 130 scientific works and several books, including the groundbreaking Symbiosis in Cell Evolution and Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species (2002), co-written with her son Dorion Sagan. Margulis earned a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley, a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin and an A.B. from the University of Chicago.

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. Monday Night Lectures are funded by the Thompson Trust, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and an anonymous donor. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (

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