Greg Graffin Chooses Cornell University Over Bad Religion, Kind of

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Greg Graffin Chooses Cornell University Over Bad Religion, Kind of

Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin has plenty to be proud of: he’s a founding member of one of the few bands that can call themselves “punk” in 2011 without looking silly. He’s lectured on life sciences and paleontology at UCLA, and he published an acclaimed memoir titled Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God. Soon enough, lucky students at Cornell University (Graffin’s alma mater) will be able to hear Graffin expound on his view of evolution, as he will be lecturing and helping to develop a course on that very subject. Seems like a good fit. Dude looks pretty professorial in that picture up there.

Before any Bad Religion fans get too upset, you should know that the course will only be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which Graffin imagines will leave “plenty of time to head overseas on the weekends!” Speaking of Graffin and overseas, paleontologists in the Gansu Province of north-western China have discovered an ancient bird fossil that they are naming after the legendary punk rocker. According to Dr. Jingmai O’Connor, Qiliania graffini is so named “in honor of Dr. Gregory Graffin, PhD: paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, professor, rock star, and inspiration to numerous budding and established scientists around the world.” That’s got to feel pretty good.


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