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March 11, 1999


UMBC's Humanities Forum lecture series is proud to host best-selling author
Stephen Jay Gould on the evening of Monday, April 12, 1999 in the University
Center Ballroom.

Recent debate over the significance of the end of our century will be the focus of Dr. Gould's lecture entitled Questioning the Millennium. Drawing on details from his latest book of the same name, Dr. Gould will ask and answer three major questions that define the approaching calendrical event. First, what exactly is the concept of a millennium and how has its meaning shifted? Second, how did the name for a future thousand year reign of Christ on earth get transferred to the passage of time of a secular period of a thousand years in current human history? And, when does the millennium begin: January 1, 2000 or January 1, 2001?

Serving as president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Dr. Gould is also the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and a Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He serves as Curator for Invertebrate Paleontology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology and is also the Vincent Astor Visiting Professor of Biology at New York University. Dr. Gould is a best-selling author whose most recent works are Questioning the Millennium, Full House and Dinosaur in a Haystack. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City.

For more information about this and other Humanities Forum lectures, please contact UMBC's Center for the Humanities at 410/455-6798 or visit

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Posted by dwinds1 at March 11, 1999 12:00 AM