CoyneFest this Friday and Saturday

Final announcement: a symposium on speciation featuring some accomplished evolutionists, will be held this Friday and Saturday morning at the University of Chicago in honor of my termination of doing science. I’ve given the schedule before (go here), but here’s the poster, which I like a lot.


Everyone’s welcome, and it’s free. There are places to buy lunch, and there will be coffee and goodies during the breaks.



  1. Dominic
    Posted October 10, 2016 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    There are no flies on PCC[E]!

    I would have loved to go – so whoever goes make sure there are lots of photos & notes on the talks.

  2. Karl Heinz
    Posted October 10, 2016 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Very nice, Professor!

    Coyne-tastic? Coyne-arrific?

    • Posted October 10, 2016 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      Trying to coyne a better term?

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted October 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      Hey! Terminological re-coyne-notions!?

  3. Posted October 10, 2016 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    You’ve retired, but hopefully not terminated doing science.

  4. Posted October 10, 2016 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I hope the talks will be recorded for those of us who would like to be there but can’t. Congratulations, PCCE!

    • Posted October 10, 2016 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      No, no recordings because no dosh (this is a tightly budgeted affair). Be there or be square!

  5. Jim Knight
    Posted October 10, 2016 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Is this a feschrift volume, or will there be some form of “hard copy” for those of us who can’t attend?

    • Posted October 10, 2016 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      No, there will be no Festschrift, which Steve Gould once described as the “least read form of scientific literature.” Nobody puts their best work into Festschrifts!

  6. eric
    Posted October 10, 2016 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Best of luck!

  7. Cate Plys
    Posted October 10, 2016 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Jerry, do you recommend any particular sessions for those of us able to drop in but who are simple lay people, as opposed to evolutionary biologists? Thanks and hope it’s a great day!

  8. Karl Heinz
    Posted October 10, 2016 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    This reminds me of a scene from the movie Wonder Boys (Michael Douglas). Douglas is a literature professor, as is Rip Torn (Q). Their school is having an annual celebration called “Word Fest”. At the opening, Rip Torn’s character is up there and says a bit pompously (but humorously) “I… and a writer”.

    So… Jerry needs to take the podium and with great ceremony say “I… am a scientist.”

  9. Posted October 10, 2016 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Love to come, but it’s a bit far (5000km or so). Nice poster.

  10. GodlessMarkets
    Posted October 10, 2016 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    In an effort to promote a small online version of Coynefest, let me just mention the following:

    1) The chapter from WEIT that has stuck with me the most is the chapter on vestigial traits.

    2) I was prompted to read WEIT by Sarah Palin. I read something online about her believing the earth was 7,000 years old, and said to myself, “how can anyone possibly believe such nonsense?” but then quickly realized that (at the time) I could not have given a very good estimate of how old the earth was either (I just new 7,000 was whacked). Anyway, it set me off reading Dawkins and then WEIT. Thanks for a great book Jerry!

  11. jaxkayaker
    Posted October 10, 2016 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Congrats and best wishes, Jerry. Enjoy your celebration.

  12. Debbie Coplan
    Posted October 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    What a great event and so sorry I can’t get to Chicago for this…
    I hope you have a fabulous time. Congratulations!

  13. Posted October 11, 2016 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Why not get someone from the multimedia center to film this and then post it on YouTube? I’m sure a lot of people would really appreciate that.

  14. Bill the Cat
    Posted October 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    This is an outrage! Hili does NOT APPEAR ON THE POSTER.

  15. Posted October 12, 2016 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    (Retrospectively) Enjoy the festival!

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