Robert Wright to speak on 'The Evolution of God' Oct. 8

Sept. 16, 2009

Robert Wright, an American journalist, will give the lecture “The Evolution of God,” Thursday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206.

The program is sponsored by the Oen Fellowship Program, which invites a distinguished guest lecturer to Luther biannually to explore and discuss intersections between religion, science, politics and the arts. Oen Fellows spend three to five days on campus meeting with both faculty and students to discuss issues in both formal and informal settings.

Wright studied at Texas Christian University and graduated from Princeton University with an interdisciplinary degree in public and international affairs. He is the author of four books: “The Evolution of God” (2009, Little, Brown), “Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny” (2001, Vintage), “The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology” (1994,Vintage), “Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information” (1989, HarperCollins). His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Wright has written for the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, and the op-ed pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Financial Times, among other publications. His awards include the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism.

Wright has taught courses in religion at the University of Pennsylvania and in philosophy at Princeton University. The Luther Book Shop will have copies of Wright’s book “The Evolution of God” for sale in the store and after the Thursday, Oct. 8 discussion in the lobby outside Valders 206. Wright will sign copies of the book there as well.

Robert Wright