Art & Science: Making Creative Connections

The Academy of Science – St. Louis and Craft Alliance present the series

“Art & Science: Making Creative Connections”

Thursday, December 2, 2010

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

“Literary Darwinism: Its Historical Position”

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Smarter/Faster/Higher: Works by Elizabeth Keithline, through January 7, 2011.

Featured Speaker: Joseph Carroll, Ph.D., Curators’ Professor of English, University of Missouri—St. Louis

Craft Alliance in the Kranzberg Arts Center

501 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103

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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Seating is limited. Registration required. To RSVP call (314) 533-8586, or email

The evolutionary human sciences are entering a mature phase, but have until recently operated on an incomplete understanding of imaginative culture— religion, ideology, myth, the arts, and intellectual life. That incomplete picture is now being advanced by evolutionary thinking in the humanities. A more comprehensive model of human nature is now within our reach, and it is already possible to describe a basic analytic structure for “bio-cultural critique.” Dr. Carroll argues that literature and other forms of imaginative culture derive their power from biologically grounded motives and emotions. In this fascinating look at the intersection of evolutionary psychology and the arts, Dr. Carroll describes Literary Darwinism and locates it in the context of evolutionary thinking over the past two centuries. Go to for more information.

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