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Visiting professor Paracer to discuss “Superorganism”

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Surinder Paracer, Ph.D., visiting professor of biology at Flagler College and author, will speak on “Superorganism: Triumph of Cooperation” at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Gamache-Koger Theater located inside the Ringhaver Student Center at 50 Sevilla St. in St. Augustine. The lecture is part of a new college series, “Ideas and Images: Scholars and Artists in Residence.”

In the last 50 years, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection has gone through new conceptual advances. In this lecture, Paracer will discuss the origin and the changing landscape of the concept of superorganism and explore the evolution and maintenance of cooperation among individuals.

Since 1970, Paracer has been on the faculty of Worcester State University in Worcester, Mass., and is the co-author of “Symbiosis: An Introduction to Biological Associations.” He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and has participated in advanced studies in biology and the history of science at the University of Massachusetts, Harvard University and Yale University.

"Ideas and Images: Scholars and Artists in Residence" is a new program at Flagler College. Throughout the academic season, the college will feature an international composition of artists and authors, introducing a fresh and creative component to the greater St. Augustine community. Each event is free and open to the public. Call (904) 819-6282 or visit for more information.