> “Re: Design” – This is a dramatization of the scientific correspondence between Charles Darwin and botanist Asa Gray, and is a product of the Darwin Correspondence Project. NESCent is co-sponsoring this theatrical production with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, WUNC-TV and the NCSU Theater Dept. The production will be staged at the newly renovated Thompson Hall theater at NCSU, and will employ professional actors (not undergrads!) so it should be a really high-quality production. It will run for five days (Nov. 4th through 8th), with the first four days being 8 PM performances and the final day (Sunday, Nov. 8th) being a 3 PM matinee.
Of note, at the conclusion of the opening night performance (Wednesday, Nov. 4th), NESCent is organizing a panel discussion, which will explore Darwin’s legacy in science and society. The panel will include Dr. Jim Costa (Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University, Director of the Highlands Biological Station and author of a recently published annotated version of The Origin of Species), Dr. Will Kimler (NCSU Professor of the History of Science and noted Darwin Scholar), and Dr. Jean Beagle Ristaino (NCSU Prof. of Plant Pathology working on plant evolution, and collaborating with the Director of Harvard’s Asa Gray Herbarium on a paper on Darwin’s work on the potato famine).
I am looking forward to this very much – I’ll be there, most likely on November 4th so I can also stay for the panel.