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Scientist to challenge Darwinian theory in UI public lectures Oct. 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The award-winning scientist and author of "Darwin's Black Box," Michael J. Behe, will speak at the University of Iowa Friday, Oct. 2 as part of the Geneva Lecture Series. Behe, a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University, challenges the view held by most scientists that evolution is responsible for the creation of life on Earth.

At the UI, Behe will participate in two public discussions. The first, a symposium titled "Intelligent Design in Biochemistry: Criticisms and Responses," will take place at 3 p.m. in Lecture Room 1 in Van Allen Hall. Alice Fulton, UI professor of biochemistry, and David Depew, UI professor of communication studies, will respond. Leslie Sims, dean of the Graduate College, will moderate the symposium.

At 7:30 p.m., Behe will give a lecture titled "Science Stumbles on Design" in the Buchanan Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

Both sessions are free and open to the public.

Behe is the author of more than 40 technical papers in addition to his book, "Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution." In the book, he argues that living systems at the molecular level are best explained as being the result of deliberate intelligent design. Christianity Today named the book the 1997 Book of the Year.

The Geneva Lecture Series has brought more than 40 nationally and internationally renowned speakers to the UI over the last 22 years to address a wide range of issues from a Christian perspective.

Behe's visit is cosponsored by the University Lecture Committee, the UI Literature, Science, and the Arts Program, and more than a dozen Roman Catholic and Protestant churches in Iowa City and Coralville. For more information, contact Jason Chen at 341-0007 or by email,