E.O. Wilson Lecture Canceled

October 2, 2009 — A lecture planned for Oct. 15 at the University of Virginia by Harvard University scientist E.O. Wilson has been canceled.

Wilson was to speak in conjunction with an exhibit on Charles Darwin, which opens Oct. 14 at the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library in the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American Culture, Literature and History. Wilson is considered by many to be the greatest interpreter of Darwin's work and legacy.

Wilson had to cancel because of urgent eye surgery, said Kelly Miller, director of public programs and outreach at the Harrison Institute. "He expressed his regret at not being able to visit Charlottesville and hopes to reschedule his lecture following the surgery," Miller said.

A large get-well card for Wilson will be posted for visitors to sign when they visit the exhibit.

Eight-hundred free tickets had already been distributed. If Wilson is able reschedule, a new round of tickets will be distributed.