As I’ve announced previously, I’m talking tomorrow at Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina. (I arrive today but am devoting the afternoon to sightseeing and noms.)
The talk, on my book, evolution, and American resistance to evolution (which touches on religion), will start at 7 p.m. Thursday in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. Everyone is invited, and after the talk they’ll be selling WEIT, which I’ll hang around to autograph. (The talk will be livestreamed here, but if you’ve seen my book talk already, this one will be similar.)
If you’re there with a book, and say the secret word, I’ll also draw a cat on your copy. The word for this session (three words, actually) is the scientific Latin trinomial for the domestic cat: Felis silvestris catus (make sure it’s pronounced correctly).
This name takes into account the origin of the housecat as a result of artificial selection on the ancestor, Felis silvestris—almost certainly the African wildcat subspecies Felis silvestris lybica, domesticated around 10,000 years ago.
I’ll not only be speaking to the public, but also meeting with the ASU Atheist/Agnostic Student Organization, and (separately) with a class in “Research & Methods in Religious Study” in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.
Oh, and thanks to the kindness of the organizers, I have complete itinerary of noms, including visits to the Storie Street Grill, Melanie’s (for breakfast), Proper, Vidalia, and the Boone Bagelry. (Can one get a real Jewish bagel in Boone? Their motto: “the best bagel in Boone”, is unconvincing; it’s like saying “The best Chinese food in Dubuque.” But I’m reassured by the presence of lox and cream cheese.)
I’ll also be visiting either a barbecue or fried-chicken joint in Charlotte. I will, of course, provide pictures of the trip, including noms.