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Darwin Day Celebration


Below is a list of events that occured in 2003. You can take advantage of this list for ideas for your own event. For information on holding your own celebration, click here.

Events: Full Listing for 2003


Argentina Skeptics
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Contact: Juan De Gennaro
Event Title: “The Facts of Evolution”
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2003, 16:00pm
Location: Beckett Bar, El Salvador 4960, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Activities: General Audience Workshop: (1) Introduction: “What Is Evolution?”, (2) Creationist Arguments, (3) The Facts of Evolution, (4) Exhibit Material and Dialogue, (5) Tribute to Charles Darwin.
Additional Comments: Cost: Free and open to the public.


Humanist Association of New South Wales
Contact: Victor Bien
Date: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm 12 February 2003
Location: Australian Museum Theatrette, Corner College & William Sts
Activities: Dr Alex Ritchie, Geologist - Australian Museum: Typical geological evidence for evolution.
Dr Peter Slezak, History & Philosophy of Science - UNSW: What's wrong with the idea of creation. Problems and opportunities with the theory of evolution.
Coffee & tea break
Questions and discussion
Lunch (students may go)
Workshops & plenary session

Darwinists Down Under
Contact: John Stear, Tel: (07) 5577 4784
Flight co-ordinator John Edge, (07) 5536 6502
Event: Darwin's Birthday Flyover
Date: Approximately 10am (Queensland) time on 12 February
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Activities: Advertisement announcing flyover will appear in Gold Coast Bulletin on 11 February.
On the morning of Wednesday 12 February 2003 at approximately 10am Queensland time, a single engine aircraft will take-off from Murwillumbah airstrip towing a banner. As the aircraft gathers height and speed the banner will unfurl to reveal the message:
The aircraft will fly east to the coast, then turn north travelling along the coast to Paradise Point, returning to Murwillumbah flying in a corridor bounded by the Gold Coast Highway and the Expressway. The aircraft will be in the air for two hours. A diversion to the route will occur when the aircraft performs a fly-over in the sky above the small primary school at Ingleside (inland from Burleigh Heads).
At the time of the fly-over a local resident and parent Brad Solomon will present the children of the Ingleside School with a set of books on science. The books are a Darwin's Day gift presentation from The Humanist Society of Queensland.
The initiative is part of a worldwide birthday celebration drawing attention to the outstanding intellectual achievement of Charles Darwin in providing a factual account of how life on planet Earth began.
The Gold Coast celebration has been organised by the Darwinists Down Under, the group members are from the ranks of the Gold Coast Skeptics and the Humanist Society of Queensland.


The Round Earth Society - Sociedade Da Terra Redonda
Sao Paulo
Contact:Leo Vines
Location: Sao Paulo
Activities: Lectures on evolution and creationism; essay contest for students; videos and much more


Humanist Association of Ottawa
Contact: Sheila Ayala
Date: Friday 21 February 2003--7:30 pm
Location: Jean Talon Building/Stats Can on Holland, in the conference room.
Activities: Darwin’s Theory: from Victorian pigeons to fluorescent mice Douglas A. Gray, Ph.D.
Dr Gray is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Cancer Therapeutics, Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre.
The Mayor of the City of Ottawa/Canada will sign a proclamation recognizing 12th of February as Darwin Day.

Victoria Secular Humanist Association
British Columbia
Contact: Andy Mulcahy, Tel: 250-389-6770
Event: A Historian looks at: "Inherit the Wind"
Date: Sunday February 16th
Location: 850 Caledonia (police station) Victoria B.C. Canada
Activities: Dr. J Skinner will discuss, from a historian's point of view, the political and other machinations involved about the Scope trial, coupled with a showing of "Inherit the Wind"

British Columbia Humanist Association
British Columbia
Contact: Wilson Dillon
Date: February 14
Activities: Speaker on Evolution & Cake

Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge Guelph Humanists
Ontario, CANADA
Contact: John Draak
Event: Birthday cake and coffee will be served, Dr. Chris DiCarlo will be speaking on Charles Darwin's scientific achievements
Date: February 12
Location: University of Guelph


Shrewsbury, England - the Birthplace of Charles Darwin
Contact: Jon King, Tel: 011 44 1743 248484
Event: Darwin Festival 2003 - Week-Long Celebration
Date: 9th - 15th February 2003
Location: Throughout Shrewsbury, UK
Schedule of Events:

"Darwin on Tierra Del Fuego" Exhibition
Venue: Shrewsbury Library
Dates: Feb. 8 through 16

Stage by Andrew Allott Head of Biology at Shrewsbury School

A talk by Professor Sir Paul Nurse, FRSA.
Interim Chief Executive Cancer Research UK.
Winner Nobel Prize for Medicine 2001
Venue: The Music Hall, The Square, Shrewsbury
Date: Sunday, Feb. 9, 2.30pm
Tickets: Tel: 01743 281281

Origin of the Business Species - Are entrepreneurs born or made?
A business breakfast seminar with Andrew Davidson
Internationally renowned author and journalist with The Financial Times
Venue: Bar Med, Lower Claremont Street, Shrewsbury
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7.30am
Tickets: £4.50 Tel: 01743 246988

Welcoming the "Disguised Friend" - Darwinism and Belief
A Lecture by Rev. Dr Arthur Peacocke - Canon of Christchurch Oxford
Winner of the 2001 Templeton Prize for Science and Religion
Venue: St Chad's Church Quarry Bank, Shrewsbury
Date: Thursday, Feb. 13, 7:30pm

The Misrepresentation of Captain Fitzroy
A talk by Darwin Biographer Cyril Aydon
Venue: Ashton Theatre, Shrewsbury School, Ashton Road, Kingsland, Shrewsbury
Date: Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30pm

The month of FEBRUARY: "The Incredible Journey"
The exciting story behind the county's hills as Shropshire makes its way from 60 degrees south of the equator to its present location.
Using the photography of Gordon Dickins and the expertise of geologist Dr. Peter Toghill and Shropshire Wildlife Trust Geology Officer Liz Etheridge
Venue: The Photographic Gallery, The Music Hall, Shrewsbury.

The Friends of Shrewsbury Museums
Contact: Tickets from The Music Hall Box Office; 01743 - 281281
Shrewsbury Museums Service: museums@shrewsbury.gov.uk
Peter D. A. Boyd
Darwin Country Learning Web Site
Event Title: The Annual Charles Darwin Memorial Lecture
Date: Sunday February 9th 2003, 2.30pm
Location: The Music Hall, The Square, Shrewsbury, UK
Activities: 'Charles Darwin's Legacy and Cancer' - a talk by Professor Sir Paul Nurse, FRSA; Interim Chief Executive, Cancer Research UK; winner of Nobel Prize for Medicine, 2001

Darwin Center - Cambridge University - Darwin College
Event: Eighteenth Annual Darwin College Lecture Series - DNA: Changing Science and Society
Contact: Website
Location: The Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge
Date: Fridays at 5.30 p.m. January 17 - March 7

Darwin Center - Natural History Museum
Contact: Debbie Chapman on 020 7942 5880
E-mail: D.Chapman@nhm.ac.uk
Wednesday 12 February at 14.30
Darwin in Caricature
This event looks at the wide range of satirical cartoons produced in Britain and America after Darwin's Origin of Species was published in 1859. It is illustrated with images that are sometimes cruel, sometimes affectionate, but always to the point. Some feature gorillas and, in later years, Darwin himself as the ape - and came to represent for Victorians some of the crucial issues about human origins generated by Darwin's work. The discussion will be led by Janet Browne, professor of the history of biology at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London. After the event, Janet will be signing copies of her recent Darwin biography, The Power of Place.
This event forms part of the Spring Programme of Darwin Centre Live events - a varied daily programme of informal free events where you can meet curators and researchers to find out about their work, recent scientific discoveries and the Museum's vast collections. These events take place at 11.30 and 14.30 in the Museum's new Darwin Centre. Visit www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre for full listings.

Also on Darwin Day:
See Darwin specimens
Phase One of the Darwin Centre, named in honour of Charles Darwin, opened in September 2002 at the Natural History Museum and gives visitors a unique insight into the scientific research currently underway at the Museum. As well as the daily programme of events, Darwin Centre Explore tours leave every half an hour, taking visitors behind the scenes of our collections storerooms where they can view some of the 22 million wet-preserved specimens housed within the centre. Since opening, some 120,000 visitors have been to the Darwin Centre and from 12 February visitors who take a Darwin Centre Explore Tour will have the opportunity to see some of the specimens collected by Darwin on his 1831 Beagle voyage.

Meet Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin will be wandering through the galleries of the Museum on his birthday - sharing his radical scientific ideas with the visitors he meets. Charles Darwin is one of the Museum's gallery characters that appear in the Museum regularly. Visitors will be able to spot Charles Darwin in and around the Central Hall between 11.30 and 15.30.

British Humanist Association
Contact: Marilyn Mason
Phone British Humanist Association on 020 7430 0908 for details.
Event Title: What's Wrong with Creationism?
Location: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Date: February 12th 2003, at 6.30 pm (doors open at 6.00)
Activities: Scientist Robin Dunbar and philosopher Stephen Law will talk on creationism, and answer questions. The discussion will be chaired by writer and journalist Andrew Brown.
The event will also celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday with the launch of a new UK web-based comprehensive resource for the general public, contesting creationist claims.

Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association
Contact: Derek Lennard
Tel: 020-7704-1612
Event Title: Darwin and Fundamentalism
Location: The Library, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1
Date: 7.30pm Friday 14th February 2003
Activities: Talk by Natural History Museum Lecturer, Mike Howgate

Skeptics in the Pub
Contact: Nick Pullar
Event Title: Darwin and Fundamentalism
Location: The Old Kings Head, Kings Head Yard, London Bridge, London SE1 1NA br> Comments: Britain's only regular skeptics event. Held once a month (usually on the third Wednesday) starting at 7.30pm.
Founded in 1999 by Scott Campbell and currently run by Nick Pullar, for all those interested in and/or skeptical of the paranormal, alternative medicine, psychic powers, pseudo-science, UFOs, alien abductions, creationism, Fortean phenomena, cult religions, water-divining, lost civilizations etc. Non-skeptics are welcome.
A different guest speaker is invited each month, to talk on a topic of interest. The talk is followed by an informal discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere. Turn up at any time during the evening. Real ales and food are available. The entry fee is £2 to cover guest speaker's travelling expenses and sundries


Centre for Philosophy and Foundations of Science
New Delhi, India
Event: The World Science Festival on 'What is Life?'
Date: February 12, 2003 Opening Event
Location: Hotel Ashok, New Delhi, India
Contact: Prof. Ranjit Nair, Director
Activities: Events planned throughout the year - this unique World Science Festival will combine scientific symposia with public lectures, exhibitions and more, across a score of cities in India. The Golden Jubilee of the Double Helix Symposium begins on February 12, 2003.


Association of Irish Humanists
Event: Darwin In His Time
Date: February 12, 8pm
Location: The Audio Visual Theatre, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7, Ireland
Contact: AIH
Event Website: http://www.irish-humanists.org/Events%20Sub/darwin.html
Activities: On February 12th the Association of Irish Humanists (AIH), with the kind assistance of the Natural History Division of the National Museum of Ireland, present a lecture "Darwin In His Time" by Justin Keating -- President of the AIH, emeritus professor of veterinary medicine, broadcaster, writer, and former Government Minister.

Belfast Humanist Group
Event: Darwin's Birthday Quiz
Date: Monday 3 March, 8.00 pm
Location: Senior Common Room, 1 College Gardens, Belfast
Contact: Les Reid, Tel: UK 02890867239, Web: http://www.reids24.freeserve.co.uk/
Activities: Quiz with special questions on Darwin and evolution


Humanist Association of Nepal (HUMAN)
Contact: Ganga Prasad Subedi

New Zealand

New Zealand Association of Rationalists & Humanists
Contact: Andrew Geard
E-mail: Andrew@nzarh.org.nz
Tel: (64-9) 373 5131
Date: Wednesday 12 February 2003 6:00pm
Location: Rationalist House, 64 Symonds Street, Auckland, NZ
Activities: Part one of the highly acclaimed seven-part PBS documentary series Evolution.
As always there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion afterwards. The series will continue on subsequent Wednesday evenings.

New Zealand Skeptics
Contact: E-Mail
Date: Wednesday 12 February 8pm
Location: C3 lecture theatre, University of Canterbury
Activities: Celebrations kick off with a light-hearted Darwin Quiz, with prizes for the most and least knowledgeable entry.
Zoologist Jim Briski will present a lecture on sperm competition in birds (and possibly other animals).
There will be Darwin Day material available -- postcards, ribbons, bumper stickers -- and the new Darwin Day book, which features a number of New Zealand contributions.
Tea, coffee and Darwin birthday cake to follow.


Center for Inquiry - Peru
Organized by Center for Inquiry-Perú and the Peruvian Journal of Applied Philosophy
Contact: Manuel A. Paz y Miño
Date: Saturday February 15, hour: 7-9.30 pm
Location: ADUNI´s Cultural Centre, Av. Bolivia 537, Breña, Lima.
Activities: Speakers Lic. Carlos Alvarado (Philosopher): "The Darwinian Revolution" and Lic. Raimundo Casas (Linguist): "The Scientificity of the Theory of Evolution".
More (Spanish) info in: http://www.geocities.com/rpfa/conf.html


Polish Freethinkers Society
Contact: Krzysztof Mroz


Glasgow University
Admission is free but tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis To obtain tickets please E-mail: P_Skett@bio.gla.ac.uk
With the following information: Name of school; Name of accompanying teacher; Number of pupils;
Alternatively this information may be posted to: Dr Paul Skett West Medical Building University of Glasgow Glasgow G12 8QQ
Location: Graham Kerr Lecture Theatre, The University of Glasgow
Date: 12 February 2003 7:30pm
All senior pupils and staff are invited to a meeting at Glasgow University to discuss these questions. Opening with an introduction to Darwin’s theory of evolution, which will assume no previous knowledge of the subject, the event will go on to discuss some of the livelier issues thrown up by evolutionary theory and its modern-day ramifications. A talk will also be given on the government-funded Darwin Initiative and the effort to conserve gene pools, in the face of a growing endangered species list.

National Museums of Scotland
Contact: Dr Louise Allcock


Universidade da Coruna
Contact: Carlos A. Pita Abad

PBS: Our Genes, Our Choices
To air in January and February 2003
Check Local Listings

Alabama, USA

The Capitol School
Teacher: Valesca Lopez Dwyer

Evolution Poetry Extempore
Contact: David C. Kopaska-Merkel, 205-553-2284
Date: Jan. 22 through Feb. 12, 2003
Location: Online: http://www.speculations.com/
Activities: Open forum for evolution poetry: Anyone welcome to submit original poetry, or copyrighted poetry if permission to reproduce the work has been obtained.

Alaska, USA

Humanists of Alaska
Contact: Debbie Bock
Date: Saturday Feb 15th
Location: Anchorage
Activities: Speaker on evolution and a birthday cake

Arizona, USA

Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix
Contact: Susan Sackett

California, USA

California Academy of Sciences

Event: Darwin's Road Show
Date: Wednesday, February 5 5:30-7:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Description: Do you have a butterfly collection you don't know how to identify? Do you wonder about the evolutionary significance of the bright blue feather you found in your backyard? Bring us your leaves, worms, bugs, rocks, feathers and baskets. Our experts will identify them. Academy scientists from the fields of Anthropology, Aquatic Biology, Botany, Entomology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Geology, Ornithology and Mammalogy will be on-hand to tell you what it is, where it comes from and why it’s important.
Cost: Free and open to the public - this will be held on the Academy's Free Day.
Questions? Email: info@calacademy.org

Event: Natural Selection
Date: Friday, February 7 8PM-midnight
Description: Natural Selection celebrates Darwin's 194th Birthday with revelry and romance. Headliner Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers will entertain with classic jazz and funky blues. Later, visitors may "smooch under the stars" during a special planetarium show. Those who prefer to pucker up among the fishes may wander through the aquarium. To top it all off, a sumptuous dessert buffet and hosted wine and beer will be served. Join us for Darwin's birthday: a natural selection for a quirky, romantic evening. 21 and over please
Cost: $40 in advance/ $55 at the door
Tickets available at http://www.calacademy.org/events/darwin/ Questions? Email: info@calacademy.org

Scientific Gospel Productions, LLC
Event: 194th Annual Commemeration of Charles Darwin's Birthday in Concert With Dr. Stephen Baird and the Opossums of Truth
Contact: Carol Davidson Baird, 858-481-0765
Website Information
Location: Schulman Auditorium at the Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA Date: February 8, 2003 at 7 p.m.
Activities: The band will celebrate scientific concepts in song with humor and satire, with an emphasis on the idea that EVOLUTION IS THE WAY. Classical selections from "Hallelujah! Evolution" and "Aint' Gonna Be No Judgment Day" will be performed along with new discoveries from Dr. Baird's continuing research into the heretofor unknown but emerging liturgy of Scientific Gospel. Tickets $15 adults, $10 children and students with I.D. Reservations online or by phone.

Bay Area Communities of Reason (BACOR) in conjunction with the National Center for Science Education
Event: Evolutionpalooza 2003
Name: Henda Lea / David Fitzgerald
E-mail: david.g.fitzgerald@marsh.com
Phone: (Henda) (510) 728-9253
Date: Sunday, February 16th, starting at 2 p.m.
Location: Rockridge Branch - Oakland Public Library, 5366 College Ave., Oakland CA
Activities: Exhibits, Games, Displays, Videos, and more Refreshments and Birthday Cake, too!
Additional Comments: Come celebrate Darwin's Birthday in the Bay Area - Fun, education & food!

University of California - Berkeley
Organizers: Students for a Non-Religious Ethos (SANE)
Contact: Shaina Potts, President, (510)USE-SANE
Date: Weds. Feb. 12th 7:00 p.m.
Location: 122 Wheeler UC Berkeley
Features: Dr.Alan D. Gishlick (from the Nat'l Center for Science Education) speaking on "Tapestry of Life: How Darwin changed the way we view the natural world"
"Evolutionary!" the exciting audience participation game
Cake & refreshments

Center for Inquiry - West
Contact: Jim Underdown

CSUS Anthopology Department
Unitarian Universalists Forum
Humanist Association of Greater Sacramento Area (HAGSA)
Atheists and Other Freethinkers (AOF)
Sacramento Skeptics
Sacramento Organization for Rational Thinking (SORT)

Contact: Anna Andrews: (916) 448-9373
Kenneth E. Nahigian: appalonius@netzero.net
Event Title: Sacramento Darwin Day Festival
Date: Feb 15, 2003, Saturday, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hart Community Center, 915 27th Street, Sacramento, California
Activities: Educational and humanist organizations in the Sacramento area have joined hands to bring you the Sixth Annual Darwin Day Festival, a celebration of science, knowledge and humanity.
Keystone speaker will be Dr. Martina Newell-McGloughlin, celebrated international authority on biotechnology and its social implications. Her topic will be Darwinism in the Age of Bio/Nano-Technology.
A question and answer period will follow her presentation, with a festive celebration, refreshments, and of course, birthday cake. Literature and souvenirs will be available at vendor tables.
Tickets: $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Students with ID, half price!
To purchase, make check out to "HAGSA" (Humanist Association of the Greater Sacramento Area) and mail to: Anna Andrews, Darwin Day 2003, 2265 10th Avenue, Sacramento, 95818. University of California - Irvine
Organizers: Students for Science and Skepticism
Contact: sss@uci.edu
Date: TBA
Activities: TBA

Palo Alto Humanist Community
Contact: Arthur Jackson
Event: Past, Present, and Future of The Darwin Day Program
Date: Sunday, 9 Feb., 11 am - 12 noon
Location: Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto (On Middlefield between Charleston & Meadow)
Activities: Presenters: Robert J. Stephens & Arthur Jackson
Discussion of the early origins of Darwin Day in the Humanist Community in 1994-95.
Examination of the current format as an International Celebration of Science and Humanity as well as a year-round educational website.
With focus on 12 February, Darwin's Birthday - having 2009, Darwin's 200th birthday as a global celebration.
Various Darwin Day informational materials will be presented including Evolution Awareness ribbons, Darwin Day information cards suitable for sending to friends, information about the Darwin Day website: www.darwinday.org. Also, on 26 Jan and 2 Feb -- as well as on 9 Feb -- copies of Ernst Mayr's article, "Darwin's Influence on Modern Thought," from the July 2000 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN will be provided to interested persons to help them get in the spirit of the occasion.

Colorado, USA

University of Northern Colorado
Contact: Dr. Angela C. Morrow
Activities: EDEL 460 - Methods in Elementary Science Education will be discussing Darwin and his contributions to science as well as how to approach the subject with elementary students.

East Middle School
Teacher: Michael Warner

Freethinkers of Colorado Springs
Contact: Steven Mahone

Washington D.C, USA

Washington Area Secular Humanists
Contact: Steven F. Goldberg

Florida, USA

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Event: Fedder Science Lecture Series
Contact: H. Bruce Rinker, Director of Research/Conservation, 941-955-7553 ext. 15
Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2003, 7:00 pm
Location: Great Room, Activities Center, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
Activities: Public Lecture: Connie Barlow: Botanical Ghost Stories
Noted author and a gifted spokesperson for the "The Great Story" of Evolution, Connie Barlow will share the ways in which an understanding of evolutionary and ecological sciences can enhance humanity's communion with the natural world.
"Meet the Scientist" Reception
Readings from Darwin's Works

Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville
Contact: John Young
Date: Feb 8, 2003
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville
Activities: Sermon on Darwin and Fundamentalism

Center for Inquiry - Florida
Contact: Jan Eisler
Date: Feb 7-9, 2003
Location: TBA
Activities: Premiere Conference for CFI-Florida

Buchholz High School
Teacher: Scott C. Flamand
Activities: Student talks about evolution & Darwin, Birthday cakes with evolution themes, Artwork & show the movie "Inherit the Wind"

Georgia, USA

Savannah State University
Organizers: Biology Undergraduate Honor Society
Contact: Gene Mesco, Ph.D.

Atlanta Freethought Center
Contact: Ray Knisley, 770-439-0273
Event: Darwin Day celebration - Demonstration/Protest
Location: Marietta Square
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Activities: Demonstration against The Cobb County Board of Education's approval of the teaching of creationism beside evolution in the public schools.

Dinner Gathering
Savannah, Georgia
Activity: The Levins will be entertaining at their home in Savannah, in celebration of Darwin Day.

Idaho, USA

Darwin Day Celebration
Contact: Gary L. Bennett
Location: Rumors Coffee Bar in Nampa (16462 Franklin Boulevard; 465-7891)
Date: 12 February from 2 PM to 4 PM

Humanists of Idaho
Contact: humanist@email.com

Illinois, USA

Augustana College
Contact: Steve Hager and Brad Cosentino
Event: 2nd Annual Darwin Day Celebration
Organizers: Augustana College Darwin Club
Date: February 11 at 11:00 A.M.
Location: New Science Building Room 102
Activities: Speaker Robert Pennock

Southwestern Illinois College
Contact: Leo Welch, 618 235 2700 x4199
Event: Darwin Day 2003
Date: February 14, 2003
Location: Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville Illinois 62221
The Geology of Illinois by Stan Hatfield
The Evolution and Biogeography of Eastern North American Freshwater Fishes by Rick Maden
The Darwin Awards by Alan Friedman
video presentations, library book display, exhibit of fossil hominids, a Darwin happy birthday cake

Rational Examination Association of Lincoln Land (REALL)
Web Site: REALL.org Contact: Jim Rosenthal Event: Tenth Anniversary & Darwin Recognition Day Party
Date: February 11, 2003, 6-10pm
Location: Just Off Route 66 Diner, 737 East Cook, Springfield, Illinois
Activities: Find out about REALL and Charles Darwin
Newsletters, Videos, Memorabilia
Complimentary Finger Food, Snacks, Soft Drinks
Sample our Darwin Day Primordial Soup: "It’s nutritious, It’s delicious, It’s educational, It’s primordial"
Anniversary Cake, Door Prizes

Secular Humanist Society of Chicago
Contact: Adam Walker 312-226-0420
Event: A Visit From Charles Darwin!
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2003, 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Room 613, the Circle Campus Center (CCC) (student union), Univ. of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), 750 S. Halsted Ave., Chicago, IL
Activities: A biology professor, John Wagner, takes on the persona and garb of Charles Darwin. His lecture and discussion will center on Darwin's theory on the origin of species and on Darwin's life as a scientist.

Humanists of West Suburban Chicagoland
Contact: Jack Sechrest Date: February 5, 2003
Location: TBA
Activities: Potluck dinner at 6:30 PM,
Darwin Day program starting at 7:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church
Contact: Rev. Dave Weissbard
Date: 2/09/03 at 10:00 am
Location: 4848 Turner St, Rockford, IL 61107
Activities: Sunday Service

Indiana, USA

Indiana University Northwest
Sponsors: IUN Anthropology Club
Contact: Bob Mucci
Tel: 219-980-6607
Date: Wed Feb 12, 2003, 1 to 3 pm
Location: IUN Library Conference Center AB, 134 west 35th Ave, Gary IN
Activities: "IUN is featuring several of our own faculty; speakers will each talk for 30 minutes, with a few minutes for questions between talks.
Schedule: (subject to revision) Speakers are Kristin Huysken, Kathy Forgey, Mark Hoyert, and Christine Malcom, discussing evolutionary topics relating to their own research in the fields of geology, psychology, genetics, and bioarchaeology & forensics. We will be selling the Darwin fish emblems and Anthro Club and Darwin T-shirts. Updates will be posted on the event web site."

South Newton High School
Teacher: Tony J. Hiatt

Iowa, USA

Coe College
Contact: Floyd Sandford
Event: Darwin Day Birthday Bash
Date: February 12, 4pm
Location: Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe Campus
Activities: Festivities begain at 4 pm in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe Campus Professor of Biology Floyd Sandford will present a 20-minute excerpt of his one-man play "Darwin Remembers". In the play Darwin reflects on the aftermath of the publication of his most famous book "The Origin of Species", published in 1859, and the historic debate at Oxford in 1860 between the famous evolutionary biology Thomas Huxley and the Bishop Samuel Wilberforce. In the play excerpt Sandford will portray all three characters.
Following Sandford's performance, members of the Biology Club will informally discuss what Charles Darwin means to them as biology majors, and will respond to questions from the audience.
Then, everyone is invited to a reception following, featuring refreshments and a birthday cake to commemorate the birthday of Charles Darwin, a gentle, modest human being, and one of the worlds's most important biologists.

Iowa Community Science Initiative
Contact: Rob Beeston

Kansas, USA

Kansas Wesleyan University
Organizers: Biology Club
Contact: Arthur K. Neuburger
Activities: The Biology Club is sponsoring a biological limerick contest and arranging a display case to celebrate Darwin Day.

University of Kansas
Organizers: Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics
Contact: Keiv Spare
Date: Feb 12, 2003, 7:00 pm
Location: Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Activities: Lecture by Leonard Krishtalka, curator of the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas.

Kansas Citizens For Science
Contact: Liz Craig

Kentucky, USA

Abraham Bruno Charles Darwin (ABCD)
- Darwin's English Mastiff

Activity: 3rd Birthday Celebration for ABCD & 194th for Charles Darwin

Louisiana, USA

Centenary College of LA
Sponsors: The Biology Department and the Department of Religious Studies
Contact: Dr. Beth E. Leuck

University of New Orleans
Contact: David L. Schultz

University of Louisiana at Monroe
Contact: Sandra Davis

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
Contact: David L. Schultz

Maryland, USA

Baltimore Secular Humanists
Contact: W. C. Reasy
Date: Sunday, February 9, at 1:30pm
Location: Randallstown Library, Liberty Road, Randallstown, Maryland
Activities: A lecture and discussion by Greg Paul, "Can theists and non-theists cooperate to teach evolution?"

Massachusettes, USA

Tufts University
Contact: Prof. Samuel P. Kounaves

Boston University Photonics Center
Contact: The Disproof Atheism Society

Wahconah Regional High School
Teacher: Linda M. Allen

First Parish Church (UU)

Michigan, USA

Great Lakes Humanist Society
Contact: John Scalise

Southeast Michigan Chapter of
Freedom From Religion Foundation

Contact: Kim Blaker

Missouri, USA

Community of Reason
Contact: Lynne Schultz or Theo Schubert: 816-561-1866

Date: Sat, February 15 1PM
Location: The Plaza, Kansas City, MO
Activities: Darwin Day Event: Educating the public by handing out fliers on evolution at The Plaza, KC MO. First we will rendezvous at the coffee bar of Barnes and Noble, but won't pass out any fliers until we are outside.
(Note: We were denied permission by the OakPark Mall in Lenexa, Kansas to distribute fliers inside, and the surrounding area is not set up for pedestrian traffic. The Plaza is a popular outdoor shopping center in Kansas City, MO with lots of public walkways so we don't need permission there.)

Date: Sun, 10am, Feb. 16
Location: Kansas City Zoo, 63rd St and Swope Park,Kansas City, MO
Activities: Primate tour by zoo expert pending.
Comments: For non-members of the zoo, admission is $6/adult, $3/child, kids under 2 are free.

Date: Sun, February 23 10AM
Location: in the library of Hogan College Preparatory Academy, 1221 E. Meyer Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64131
Activities: Darwin Day Lecture by Harry McDonald, award winning veteran biology teacher and President of Kansas Citizens for Science.

Minnesota, USA

University of Minnesota
Contact: Jamis Ahern

Nebraska, USA

Event: Fourth Annual Darwin Day
Contact: Jim Bechtel
Location: McFoster's Restaurant, 38th & Farnam, Omaha NE
Date: 2/12/03, 7 PM
Activities: Speaker, Professor Ted Burk of Creighton University.
Dr. Burk studied under Richard Dawkins, and will speak on "Darwin vs. Wallace on Science and Pseudoscience."

Nevada, USA

Skeptics of Las Vegas
Contact: Shirley Braverman

New Jersey, USA

New Jersey City University
Contact: William Dusenberry, Ph.D.
Date: TBA
Activities: TBA

New Jersey Humanist Network
Contact: Tamara Mount, Tel: 908-904-4901 or Joe Fox, Tel: 201-280-1451
Event: Celebrating Darwin Day with Carl Zimmer
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 7pm
Location: Friends Conference Center at Arbor Glen, 100 Monroe St, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Activities: Carl Zimmer, Award winning science writer will speak about orchids and barnacles (evolution); Qand A; Charles Darwin discussion; refreshments.

New Mexico, USA

New Mexicans for Science and Reason
Contact: Dave Thomas Activities: Paleontologist Spencer Lucas and Biologist Cosette Wheeler
Website Information

Humanist Society of New Mexico
Contact: Jerry Wesner

New York, USA

DOLAN DNA Learning Center
Contact: Phone: (516) 367-5170, Fax: (516) 367-5182, Email:
dnalc@cshl.org Event: Nobel Laureate James D. Watson will talk about "DNA at 50: Finding the Double Helix" on January 25th, February 8th, and 15th, 2003.
Comments: Forms available here
Tickets for Finding the Double Helix are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. To ensure that your order is processed quickly, please send payment for all requested seats with a copy of your email confirmation, to:
Dolan DNA Learning Center
Attn: Finding the Double Helix
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
1 Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Stuyvesant High School
Contact: John Galbraith Simmons
Event: Darwin Alive!
Date: February 13
Activities: Talk and Discussion
Comments: Stuyvesant High School is one of three specialized public high schools in New York City, and one of the most selective in the nation. Historically, its focus has been science, mathematics and technology. In 2002, 19 of its students were chosen as semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Maria College
Contact: Steve DeLorenzo
Date: TBA
Activities: TBA

State University of New York - Oswego
Contact: Charles Echelbarger
Date: TBA
Activities: TBA

Wilson Magnet High School
Teacher: Lisa Dennison

Long Island Secular Humanists & Center for Inquiry-MetroNY

Contact: Gerry Dantone (516 742 1662)
Event Title: Darwin Day
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2003, 2PM
Location: Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Nassau County, Long Island, NY
Activities: Talks by Carl Zimmer, science writer; Prof Elof Carlson, geneticist; Gerry Dantone, President, LISH; Sonny Meadows, musician
Additional Comments: Free admission! Presentations on Evolution, Darwin, Natural Selection, music, food refreshments!

Buffalo Museum of Science
Contact: Violet Ciotti

Center for Inquiry International
Contact: Katherine Bourdonnay, ( 716-636-7571 ext. 313 )

Hudson Valley Humanists
Contact: Edward Poll
Hudson Valley Humanists: 845-247-0098
Event: Darwin Day for Kids!
Location: New Paltz Village Hall, 25 Plattekill Ave., New Paltz, NY
Date: Saturday, February 8, 1pm
Activities: Second annual "Darwin Day for Kids."
Fun and learning activities for children ages 4-12 including displays of animal artifacts, evolution trivia game, "Charlie the Chimp," evolution of bones workshop.

Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York
Contact: Beth Lamont (914) 588-5284

North Carolina, USA

University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Contact: Derek Luttrell
Event: Darwin Day Celebration
Date: 12 Feb. 03 0900-1200
Location: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Guest Speaker, a film on Darwins life, and birthday cake

Ohio, USA

Free Inquirers of Northeastern Ohio (FINO)
Contact: Bob Neifert, VP Marketing
Event: February Topic: Darwin and Evloution
Date: Wednesday evening February 12 from 7 to 8:45 pm
Location: Brecksville Library, 9089 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, Ohio 44141-2313
Guest Lecturer Patricia Princehouse of Ohio Citizens for Science on Darwin, Evolution and the Nature of Science.

Case Western Reserve University
Organizers: Center for Science and Mathematics Education and Ohio Citizens for Science
Contact: Patricia Princehouse
Teachers can register by calling 216-368-3557,
    or they can just show up.
Date: The Teachers' Workshop is Sat Dec 7, 5-7:30 pm
    (Free! including dinner)
The lecture is on Sunday Dec 8, 2 pm
Location: Workshop: Pytte Science Center on Adelbert Rd
Location: Lecture: Strosacker Auditorium on the CWRU Campus
Activities: Public lecture titled "Darwin & the Politics of Science Education" & Teachers'Workshop titled "Teaching Real Controversies in Evolution" with Dr Eugenie Scott, director of the National Center for Science Education

Ohio University
Organizers: Department of Biological Sciences
Contact: Scott Moody
Date: TBA
Activities: TBA

Ohio Citizens for Science
Organizers: Center for Science and Mathematics Education at Case Western University and Ohio Citizens for Science
Contact: Patricia Princehouse
Teachers can register by calling 216-368-3557, or they can just show up.
Date: The Teachers' Workshop is Sat Dec 7, 5-7:30 pm
    (Free! including dinner)
The lecture is on Sunday Dec 8, 2 pm
Location: Workshop: Pytte Science Center on Adelbert Rd
Location: Lecture: Strosacker Auditorium on the CWRU Campus
Activities: Public lecture titled "Darwin & the Politics of Science Education" & Teachers'Workshop titled "Teaching Real Controversies in Evolution" with Dr Eugenie Scott, director of the National Center for Science Education

The Free Inquiry Group (FIG)
Contact: Joe Levee, Tel: 513-321-4824
Event: The Impact of Darwin on Religion and Humanism
Date: Wednesday, February 12th. The program begins at 7:00 pm.
Location: Vernon Manor Hotel, 400 Oak Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Free Inquiry Group of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and the American Humanist Association (AHA) present: "The Impact of Darwin on Religion and Humanism" this coming Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 pm. This day commemorates Darwin’s Birthday.
Fred Edwords is the Editorial Director of the American Humanist Association in Washington, DC. This program will be part of an international celebration of science and humanity in honor of Darwin Day. Edwords is a leading voice for Humanism in the United States and abroad, and is recognized as an outstanding lecturer and debater on Humanist philosophical issues covering topics from civil liberties to the creation-evolution debate.
Edwords’ talk will be particularly pertinent considering the shift of politics and religion in America over the last two years and the subsequent expansion of the AHA. “With the creation-evolution debate re-ignited and with George W. Bush using the presidency to promote a sectarian agenda we have our work cut out for us,” says Edwords. “It is going to be much more difficult for Darwin’s sound theories to prevail in an atmosphere where government is hindering the progress of science.”

Oklahoma, USA

John Marshall High School
Teacher: Lorna R. Stein

Norman Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Contact: Tracy Curtis at Borders (405) 573-2064 or Susan Cogan (405) 226-9712
Event: Darwin Day 2003
Date: February 16, 3pm & 7pm
Location: Borders Bookstore, 300 Norman Center Court, Norman, OK 73072
A children's program will be at 3 p.m. Stan Upchurch will present "Creepy, Crawly and Other Things." He will have live spiders, snakes, tortoises as part of his presentation.
At 7pm, two University of Oklahoma Zoologists, Dr. Vic Hutchison and Dr. Frank Sonlietner will lead a presentation entitled "Darwin Then and Now." Dr. Sonleitner will talk about the voyage of the Beagle and how it influenced Darwin's ideas, what those ideas are, and how the manuscript sent to Darwin by Alfred Russell Wallace stimulated the publication of The Origin of Species. Dr. Hutchison will talk about Mendel's work, its rediscovery in 1900, new ideas about how evolution proceeds, DNA, and the modern scientific evidence for the Theory of Evolution. There will be a question and answer period afterward.

Oregon, USA

Oregonians for Rationality (O4R)
Contact: Jeanine DeNoma
Event: "Paleontology Before Darwin: Suitable for Young Audiences?"
Date: Saturday, Feb 15, at 7:30 P.M.
Location: Portland State University, Science Building 1, Room 107
Activities: Dr. Thwaites, professor emeritus of biology, San Diego State University, is a strong advocate for high scientific standards in science education. High school biology texts don't give a historical perspective for evolution. In most texts, the observation that species have changed over time is lumped together with how that change occurred. Because of this confusion, students question the observation as well as the explanation. Thwaites will discuss the geologic observations leading to Darwin's historic contribution to science and Thwaites's own unsuccessful attempt to have this historical background for evolution included in a well-known high school biology text.
This talk is free and open to the public.

Eastern Oregon University
Contact: Christopher Duva

Willamette University
Organizers: Biology Department
Contact: Dr. David P. Craig

Eugene Round Earth Society
Dan Wilcox
Event: Darwin Day Trip to Wildlife Safari
Location: Wildlife Safari located 1.5 hours south of Eugene, OR
Date: Sunday February 9th, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Activities: See rare animals in a natural setting; Learn about the animals and biology in their interpretive center; Have lunch at the onsite restaurant.

Pennysylvania, USA

Wilkes University Biology Department
Contact: Robert E. Ogren

Duquesne University
Organizers: Department of Biological Sciences
Contact: David J. Lampe
Event: Darwin Day 2003
Date: February 17, 2003
All day: Video: PBS television program "Evolution", Duquesne University Union Lobby
10:00 AM - 3 PM: Tri-Beta Darwin Day display table, Duquense University Union
4:00 - 5:00 PM: Dr Kenneth Miller: "Time to Abandon Darwin? The challenge from "Intelligent Design" Pappert Lecture Hall, Bayer Learning Center
5:00 - 5:30: Discussion following Dr. Miller's lecture
5:30 - 6:30: Reception for Dr. Miller, Bayer Learning Center Foyer
See Website: http://www-home.cr.duq.edu/~lampe/darwinday/

Saint Francis University
Organizers: Biology Department
Contact: John J. Trimble

Penn State University - Delaware County
Organizers: Earth Science & Biology Faculty
Contact: Dr. Laura Guertin

New Hope - Solebury High School
Teacher: Jon Gonsiewski

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Contact: Mary Dawson

South Carolina, USA

College of Charleston
Contact: Dr. Rob Dillon
Event: A Neandertal in Your Closet?
Date: Monday, Feb. 10, from 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Science Center Room 123, College of Charleston
Activities: A talk by Dr. Milford Wolpoff, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan
Additional Comments: Open to the public. Followed by refreshments.

Event: Contemporary Adaptations: Explaining the Past and Predicting the Future.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 4:30-5:30pm
Location: Science Center Room 123, College of Charleston
Activities: Talk by Dr. Tim Mousseau is Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina
Additional Comments: Open to the public. Followed by refreshments. Talk repeated at 6:40 - at The Citadel, Grimsley Hall Auditorium, Room 117.

Event: Age of the Earth: From Darwin's Time to Now
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4:30pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Science Center Room 123, College of Charleston
Activities: Talk by Dr. Paul Fullagar, Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina
Additional Comments: Open to the public. Followed by birthday cake and other refreshments.

Event: In Court: Teaching Evolution and Creationism--Deja Vu All Over Again
Date: Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-7 p.m.
Location: Education Center Room 118, College of Charleston
Activities: Talk by Dr. David Mann, Professor of Political Science at the College of Charleston
Additional Comments: Open to the public. Repeat Performance at The Citadel - 6:40 pm, Thursday Feb. 20. Grimsley Hall Auditorium, Room 117.

Event: Inherit the Wind
Date: Thursday, Feb 13, 7:00 - 9:20 p.m.
Location: Education Center Room 118, College of Charleston
Activities: Film
Additional Comments: Open to the public. Join the College of Charleston Film Club for this dramatization of the "Scopes Monkey Trial."

Tennessee, USA

Organizer: Tennessee Darwin Coalition
Event: 7th annual Darwin Day at the University of Tennessee
Contact: Massimo Pigliucci, 865-974-6221
Date: February 10 & 11
Location: University of Tennessee campus, University Center
8:00 AM-2:00 PM Information Booth, Lobby of the UT University Center. Flyers and handouts available for the public, answering questions about evolution, and sale of merchandise.

12:00 PM-4:30 PM Documentary Festival at the UT University Center, room 225. Three documentaries, each followed by a brief moderated discussion.

12:00-1:30 Evolution: Episode 1, Darwin's dangerous idea (NOVA, 2001).

1:30-3:00 Evolution: Episode 6, The mind's big bang (NOVA, 2001).

3:00-4:30 Evolution: Episode 7, What about God? (NOVA, 2001).

7:30 PM-9:00 PM Keynote Address: Dr. Ian Tattersall, Paleontologist, American Museum of Natural History on "Becoming Human," UT University Center.

Texas, USA:

University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Organizer: UTPB Biology Club
Contact: Steven Schafersman
Activities: The topic this Feb. 12 will be a showing of the video Evolution, Darwin¹s Dangerous Idea, a beautifully filmed, recent documentary narrated by Liam Neeson.

Ennis High School
Teacher: Melinda Ludwig

Freethinkers Association of Central Texas
Contact: Julie Fisher

The Humanists of Houston
Contact: Jimmy Dunne

Virginia, USA

Virginia Tech
Contact: John B. Hodges

Dozier Middle School
Teacher: Beth Knight Brown

Hemlock Society
Contact: Anne Hodge

Washington, USA

Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Contact: Bill Norton, wknorton@aol.com, (206) 200-8944
Date: Sunday, February 9, 10:30 to 11:30am
Location: Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1607 Fourth St., Marysville, WA 98270
Activities: Worship Service, Speaker: William Calvin of the University of Wasington

Central Washington University
Organizer: CWU Dept. of Biology
Contact: Steven Verhey

Humanists of North Puget Sound
Event Title: Darwinism: Past & Present
Date: February 12, 2003; 7:00PM Location: Angst Hall, Room A22, Skagit Valley College, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Contact: Howard Pellett
Email: cpellett@cnw.com
Phone: (360)293-8128
Web Site: http://www.humanistsnps.com/
Activities: Drs. James Ford and James Monroe will discuss Darwin's "The Origin of the Species"
Drs. Ford and Monroe are well known for their years of teaching at Skagit ValleymCollege and for their collaboration in producing a college-level biology text book.

Wisconsin, USA

Organizer: College of Letters and Sciences and the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society
Event: 2003 Darwin Day Lecture: "Marital Conflict and Violence: An Evolutionary Perspective"
Contact: Jeffrey S. McKinnon
Date: Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hamilton Center, located in the University Center on campus
Activities: Margo Wilson, a highly respected scientist from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, will deliver the fifth annual Darwin Day lecture.
A reception and unique activity will take place before the lecture at 6:45 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring in their favorite dessert shaped as their favorite plant or animal. The desserts are then cleverly laid out to form the world's largest edible phylogenetic tree.

Atheists and Agnostics of Wisconsin
Contact: Jim Dew

Freethought Society of Wisconsin
Contact: Glenn Curry