For Immediate Release—Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

Canisius Professor to Discuss Darwin's Theory of Evolution in Lecture
 at SUNY Geneseo April 12

GENESEO, N.Y.—James Birx, a distinguished professor of anthropology at Canisius College in Buffalo, will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in 203 Newton Hall at the State University of New York at Geneseo. The talk, titled "In Darwin's Footsteps," is free and open to the public.

Greatly influenced by the Darwinian theory of evolution, anthropologist and philosopher Birx will critically discuss those major events in his life that have enhanced his understanding of and appreciation for the evolutionary framework. His journey of awareness has taken him to the Galapagos Islands, the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, the fossil hominid site Koobi For a in Africa and the Darwin home/museum in Downe, England, as well as other relevant locations.

Birx's academic introduction to both anthropology and evolution began at SUNY Geneseo, where two professors inspired his lifelong interest in both subjects. He earned his bachelor's degree and one of his master's degrees from Geneseo. He earned his second master's in anthropology and his doctorate with distinction in philosophy from the University of Buffalo.

Birx delivers annual lectures at his alma mater. In 2005, he lectured at Geneseo about the life, thought and influence of Teilhard de Chardin. In 2004, he lectured about Darwin and Nietzche.

Birx is the author of numerous books, as well as more than 400 chapters, articles, encyclopedia entries and reviews. He is the editor of the "Encyclopedia of Anthropology," and his next project is editing a three-volume "Encyclopedia of Time" for SAGE Publications. He plans to write its introduction next summer while he serves as a visiting scholar at Cambridge University.

Birx has lectured at colleges across the world. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Moscow State University and St. Petersburg University in Russia, Rockhurst University, the University of Zaragoza in Spain, and at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. He serves on the editorial board of several publications and has authored and edited numerous academic journal articles. In addition, he serves as a Charles Darwin Associate in the New York Academy of Sciences and as an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Afro-Asian Philosophy Association in Cario, Egypt. He also is a frequent guest on educational radio and international television interview programs.

In 1999, Birx was honored with the designation as distinguished educator at Canisius. In 2001, he was appointed a faculty fellow of Sigma Phi Epsilon  (New York Lambda Chapter) at Canisius. His professional listings include "Who's Who in the World."