The Darwin Correspondence Project was co-sponsor of Biodiversity and its Histories, which brought together scholars and researchers in ecology, politics, geography, anthropology, cultural history, and history and philosophy of science, to explore how aesthetic, economic, and moral value came to be attached to the diversity of life on earth. The conference included a session on 'Darwin and evolutionary theory' involving past and present members of the Project.
We are grateful to the speakers for permission to make their talks available here.
A dramatisation of the correspondence between Charles Darwin and Asa Gray was commissioned by the Darwin Project, and written by Cambridge playwright, Craig Baxter. It was developed for the stage by director Paul Bourne of the Menagerie Theatre Company, Cambridge, UK.
The Project hosted an event on “The Face of Emotion” as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas in October 2011. Darwin’s work on expression was discussed in the context of current research in artificial intelligence, autism, and neuroscience.
Video or audio is available for the short talks that were given:
Dr Paul White of the Darwin Project on Charles Darwin's work on emotions
One of the most exciting aspects of Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the opportunity it gives to researchers to ‘get to know’ Darwin as an individual. The letters not only reveal the scientific processes behind Darwin’s publications, they give insight into his personal life–the world of his family, his circle of friends and his community. This set of resource modules has been designed with the hopes of sharing some of the knowledge gained from our work on Darwin’s correspondence with university students.
In a short film based on her research on the “Darwin and Gender” project funded by the Parasol Foundation and part of the Darwin Correspondence Project based at Cambridge University Library, Dr Philippa Hardman suggests a different, more nuanced picture of Darwin. This film offers insight on Darwin’s personal, private views about women, enabling us to untangle him from the Victorian conservative public image and providing us with a more complete account of Darwin’s thinking.
Provides another case of apparently pure bred pointers producing litter with one setter puppy. Correspondent was told that this occurred in several litters; gives names of owners and others who can corroborate the information.