Bad Religion's Greg Graffin to teach evolution at Cornell in the fall
The founding member of Bad Religion will begin teaching evolution in the fall at his alma mater, Cornell University in New York, which should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Graffin's other life as an esteemed author and academic.
Graffin got his Ph.D. in zoology from Cornell and, when he’s not touring with his Bad Religion band mates of three decades, he’s often been center stage at UCLA as a lecturer in paleontology and life sciences.
Last year he published his book that covered his thoughts on punk and atheism, “Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science and Bad Religion in a World Without God,” which drew critical praise in various quarters.
He’s further been singled out for his scientific acumen by paleontologist Jingmai O’Connor, who has named an ancient bird fossil he discovered in northwestern China Qiliana graffini in honor of Graffin, whom O’Connor describes as a “paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, professor, rock star, and inspiration to numerous budding and established scientists around the world.”
And no, the photo above is definitely not Graffin in the classroom shouting, "God gave you a brain, people; please use it!" but a shot from Bad Religion's 2007 performance in Irvine for the annual KROQ-FM Weenie Roast.
Photo: Greg Graffin. Credit: Los Angeles Times