Brian Boyd (pictured), distinguished professor of English at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, will give a lecture titled “Literature and Evolution: Questions, Answers, Questions” at 3 p.m. April 19 in 132 Social Sciences & Business Building at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Boyd is an expert on literature and evolution, as well as the life and works of author Vladimir Nabokov. He is the author of “On the Origins of Stories: Evolution, Cognition and Fiction,” released last year by Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Another book, “Evolution, Literature and Film: A Reader,” edited by Boyd with Joseph Carroll, Curators’ Professor of English at UMSL, and Jonathan Gottschall, adjunct assistant professor of English at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, is due to be published later this year by Columbia University Press.

The Social Sciences & Business Building is on UMSL’s North Campus, One University Blvd. in St. Louis County, Mo. 63121. “Literature and Evolution: Questions, Answers, Questions” is sponsored by the Department of English at UMSL, Pierre Laclede Honors College at UMSL and College of Arts and Science at UMSL. Call 314-516-5541 for more information.

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Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz