Westbrook Free Lectureship
Dr. Richard B. Westbrook, Trustee of the Institute from 1884 until his death in 1899, established the Westbrook Free Lectureship as a means to encourage open discourse on scientific subjects, especially "disputed questions in science and the theories of Evolution." Since 1912 when the series began, Westbrook lecturers have included some of the most distinguished scientists and scholars of the past 100 years, among them John Dewey, George Gaylord Simpson, and Margaret Mead.
Past Westbrook Lectures (Partial List)
2013 - "Sustainable Seas: Vision and Reality"
Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue
2012 - "The Sky is Falling: White-Nose Syndrome in Bats"
Dr. Hazel Barton, University of Akron
2011 - "Adventures Among Ants"
Mark W. Moffett, Smithsonian Institution
2010 - "I Am One of You: The Secret Language of Bacteria"
Dr. Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University
2009 - "BSI -- The Case of the Disappearing Bees"
Dr. May R. Berenbaum, University of Illinois
2008 - "The Evolution of Human Skin Color"
Dr. Nina G. Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University
2007 - "A New 'Design' for Darwin: What Today's Science Says
About Biology's Most Controversial Theory"
Dr. Kenneth R. Miller, Brown University
1953 - "Cultural Background for Human Invention"
Dr. Margaret Mead, American Museum of Natural History
1950 - "Evolution and the History of Life"
Dr. George Gaylord Simpson, American Museum of Natural History
1949 - "Earth's Resources and Man's Needs"
Dr. Kirtley F. Mather, Harvard University
1947 - "The Glacial Ages"
Dr. Richard Foster Flint, Yale University
1940 - "Atomic Nuclei and Atomic Transmutations"
Dr. Kenneth T. Bainbridge, Harvard University
1932 - "Common Sense, Science and Philosophy"
Dr. John Dewey, Columbia University
1931 - "The Problems of the Origin and Antiquity of the American Aborigines
in Light of Recent Explorations"
Dr. Aleš Hrdlicka, United States National Museum (Smithsonian)
1928 - "The Science of Musical Sounds"
Dr. Dayton C. Miller, Case School of Applied Science
1923 - "The Philosophy of Sanitation"
George C. Whipple, Harvard University
1917 - "Heredity and Evolution in the Simplest Organisms"
Dr. H.S. Jennings, Johns Hopkins University
1914 - "The Theory of Evolution"
Dr. William Berryman Scott, Princeton University
1913 - "Conservation of Natural Resources"
Gifford Pinchot, National Conservation Association
Marshall O. Leighton, U.S. Geological Survey
Overton W. Price, National Conservation Association
Joseph A. Holmes, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines
1912 - "Ancient Civilization of Babylonia and Assyria"
Dr. Morris Jastrow, University of Pennsylvania