Stranger Fruit


The coming year should be fairly productive. Here are what I hope to be the highlights for 2009:

  • Finish and submit three book reviews over the next few weeks
  • Finish some work for the History of Science Society’s Committee on Education
  • Have a paper accepted by Pediatrics (more of that anon)
  • Teach my Origins, Evolution and Creation course for what must be the eleventh time (Spring)
  • Give a talk at the University of Oklahoma for their Darwin celebrations (February). This was the first of a number of invites I got to give a talk on February 12th and thus the one I accepted.
  • Give a four day seminar on Darwin (also at Oklahoma in February; syllabus is here)
  • Give a talk on Darwin for the ASU chapter of Sigma Xi (February)
  • Perhaps attend the ISHPSSB meeting in Australia (July)
  • Present a paper at the next History of Science Society meeting on St. George Jackson Mivart as part of a session on Victorian responses to Origin (November)
  • Submit a book proposal for a monograph on Mivart. I have a few leads for a publisher and I’m hoping this will be the big task for the Summer.
  • Teach my History of Science since 1700 class for the second time (Fall)
  • Begin transcriptions at ASU for the Tyndall Correspondence Project (Fall, funding permitting)
  • Get promoted to Principal Lecturer. My paperwork is sitting on a desk somewhere and has been for a few months now.
  • Hopefully get a few new grad students

Let’s see what of all of this comes to pass.


  1. #1 John S. Wilkins
    January 1, 2009

    You most certainly must come to the Ish in Brisbane. Great time of year in Brissie – not too hot or wet. And I want to see if you can stand up under the barrage of Australian beers (the real ones).

  2. #2 Michael Robinson
    January 2, 2009

    Sounds like a pretty full plate John. I hope the Mivart project hooks a publisher. There hasn’t been a biography of Mivart since 1960 as far as I can find. Maybe you can use it to bring some nuance and context to the religion-science mayhem that seems to be boiling over everywhere.

  3. #3 John Lynch
    January 2, 2009

    @ John

    Hopefully. It’s a $$$ thing.

    @ Michael

    I want to examine Mivart as an anatomist (something that has been largely ignored), religious commentator, and anti-Darwinian. I’m planning that the final chapter will situate Mivart’s arguments within contemporary anti-evolutionism.

  4. #4 Michael Robinson
    January 2, 2009

    In grad school at U Wisconsin, there was a lot of interest in religion/science issues with the prevailing attitude being that 19th century scholars did not fall so neatly into the black/white dichotomies we see today. That’s how I teach it at least. I think among HoS people, in particular, there’ll be a lot of interest.

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