Science, Evolution and Islam in the Modern Middle EastJoin the CU Mediterranean Studies Group in conjunction with the Center for Asian
Studies & the Center for Western Civilization as on March 21st at CU Boulder for two talks by Prof. Justin Stearns (New York University–Abu Dhabi).

"Science, Evolution, and Islam in the Modern Middle East” will be held on 21 March from 11:00am-12:15pm in Room 245 of UMC.

"The Rational Sciences in Seventeenth Century Morocco: Philosophy, Incommensurability, and History" will be held on 21 March from 5:00-7:00pm in Room 415/417 of UMC.

For registration for all events and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron (

Refreshments will be provided at all events. Please RSVP by March 9th for Prof. Narvaez and Prof. Lopez-Baralt and RSVP by March 16th for Prof. Stearns


According to the organizer, 40 people attended the three successful events. In light of Professor Stearns talk on evolution, students were able to see that social and political factors shaped the reception of On The Origin of Species as much as religious texts. Furthermore, this lecture attracted a wide audience including members of the general public and faculty from other institutions. In discussions after the talk, Professor Ali was able to form a relationship with Professor Dale Stahl of CU Denver. In the same vein, at lunch, a graduate student was put in touch with a scholar at CU Denver with shared interests. In the evening talk, Professor Stearns reconnected with a faculty member in the Department of History and sparked a new relationship with a faculty member in ALC. Professor Stearns indicated that all of these faculty members would be welcomed at NYU–Abu Dhabi, setting the stage for future collaborations.