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DNA IS AT THE HEART OF EVOLUTION
Darwin Day Celebration
AN INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE AND HUMANITY

2004

Darwin Day was initiated in 1994 and was first incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2000 – since that time it has steadily grown so that in 2003 and 2004 there were more that 300 events around the world, in each of these years. Attendents  levels at some of these activities were very high exceeding 500, especially those sponsored at Civic and University venues. While others events drew smaller numbers, together they represented an impressive exposure to the idea of celebrating Darwin, Science and Humanity. Events from 2004 celebrations are posted below and you can browse them for ideas for your own celebration.

Events: Full Listing for 2004

Argentina

Argentina Skeptics
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Contact: Juan De Gennaro
Event: 2nd Annual Darwin Day Celebration
Date: Sunday, February 8, 2004, 4-6 pm
Location: Buenos Aires City Zoo, Plaza Italia, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Activties: Educating the general public by distributing our new and informative pamphlet on Darwin and evolution at the Buenos Aires City Zoo.

Expedition Darwin
Contact: Gerardo Bartolome, tel: (5411) 47747891
Date: December, 2003
Location: Argentina, Santa Cruz River
Activties: Recreation of a part of Darwin's Voyage
Notes: - will relive Darwin's (and Fitz Roy's) 201 days trip upstream the Santa Cruz river and will finish their (unfinished) trip to discover the incredible Moreno Glacier.

Australia

The Australian Museum Society, Australian Skeptics
& Humanist Society of New South Wales
Event Web Site: http://www.users.on.net/skeptic/darwin/
Contact: Paul Willis / Victor Bien / Richard Saunders / Alex Ritchie
Tel: (+612) 9320 6225 E-mail: australian_skeptics@hotmail.com
Date: February 12, 2004, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Sydney Grammer School, Sydney Street, Sydney (near Australian Museum)
Activities: Presentation of Darwin Day Awards; Guest Speakers; Q&A
Note: Nominate for awards on the web site

Atheist Foundation of Australia Inc
Contact: Lee Holmes

Brazil

Curitiba Cética
Event: Um brinde à Darwin (Cheers to Darwin)
Contact: Cláudio Silva, Tel: (41) 331 2522
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2004, 8 pm
Location: Bar do Alemão - Schwarzwald, Rua Claudino dos Santos, 63 - Largo da Ordem,Curitiba - Paraná - Brasil
Activities: Talk about the influence of Charles Darwin and his history. The science and the humanity.

The Round Earth Society - Sociedade Da Terra Redonda
Contact:Leo Vines

Canada

Ontario, Canada

Bishops Mills Natural History Centre
Eastern Ontario Biodiversity Museum
Event: Darwin's Day Phylum Feast
Contact: Frederick W. Schueler, Tel: (613)258-3107
Date: 12 February 2004, 1600-2100 EST
Location: Bishops Mills Natural History Centre, 30 Main Street, Bishops Mills, Ontario
Activities: The Darwin's Day Phylum Feast is a shared potluck meal composed of as many taxa as possible to commemorate the relatedness of all organisms. Wes von Papineau will address the subject of "Newts of the World, their diversity and phylogeny"

Humanist Association of Ottawa
Event: "Alligators in the Arctic: Ancient Vertebrates in the Canadian Arctic."
Contact: Dr Richard Thain, Tel: 613 443 3762
Date: Fri Feb 13, 2004, 7:30 pm
Location: Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset East (east of King Edward St.), Ottawa
Activities: Lecture and birthday cake - "Alligators in the Arctic: Ancient Vertebrates in the Canadian Arctic." Dr. Charles Richard (Dick) Harington, a palaeontologist and expert on mammals of the last great Ice Age - Curator of Quaternary Zoology Emeritus - Canadian Museum of Nature

"Reading for the Love of It" Conference
Event: Diane Swanson: "Reaching the Curious Full-of-Wonder Scientist in Absolutely Everybody."
Date: February 12 & 13, 10:45 am to 12:00 noon
Location: Westin Harbour Castle
Activities: An annual language arts conference with Diane Swanson's presentation based on her newly released book: Turn It Loose which includes a look at the natural "collector" in young Darwin.

Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge Guelph Humanists
Contact: Kathy Meidell, President
Activities: The KWCG Humanists will be drafting a letter to be sent to the mayor of each of the 4 cities listed in our organization's name, for the purpose of promoting February 12 as Darwin Day in southwestern Ontario.

Manitoba, Canada

Humanist Association of Manitoba
Manitoba, CANADA
Contact: Dennis Ousey
Activities: HAM is trying to get the city of Winnipeg to recognise Darwin Day, Feb. 12th, 2004

British Columbia, Canada

Victoria Secular Humanist Association
Contact: Andy Mulcahy

British Columbia Humanist Association
Contact: Wilson Dillon

Chile

Fósil, Revista de Paleontología
Event: Ruta Darwin - Chiloe 2004 (Chile)
Contact: Fernando Soto Nardecchia, Phone: 09-8853669, E-Mail: fosil@fosil.cl
Date: Marzo 2004
Location: Isla de Chiloe
Activities: Recrear parte de la visita que realizo Darwin a la Isla de Chiloe, comparación de sus observaciones con la realidad actual. Atte.

England

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England
Contact: Professor Mark Pallen ++44 (0)121 414 7163
Event: Darwin Day in Birmingham, 2004
Date: February 12-13th 2004
Location: University of Birmingham, (precise venue on campus to be confirmed)
Activities: Programme of lectures and other presentations illustrating Darwin's work and influence

Provisional programme
Feb 12th Welcome 9.50
Professor Mark Pallen
Opening words and keynote address
by Randall Keynes (Darwin descendent and biographer: to be confirmed) 10.00 - 10.45
10.45 - 11.00 Coffee
Session 1: Darwin in a scientific context
Chairman: Professor Robert Arnott (Centre for the History of Medicine)
11.00- 11.45 Professor Mark Pallen (Infection)
A post-genomic view of the Origin of the Species
11.45 - 12.30 Professor Peter Hawkey (Infection)
Natural Selection in action: the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.45 Professor Xin Yao (Computer science)
Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Evolution
Session 2: Darwin in an Historical and Cultural Context
Chairman: Professor Mark Pallen
14.45 - 15.30 Benjamin Zephaniah (Rastafarian poet)
From Ras Darwin to Ras Tafari--the Darwins and the Anti-Slavery Movement: poetry and prose readings
15.30 - 15.45 Tea
15.45 - 16.30 Professor Mark Pallen and The Revd Professor David Parker (Theology)
Descent with Modification: Common Themes in the Evolution of Genomes and Biblical Manuscripts
16.30 Closing Remarks
Feb 13th Visit to Darwin sites in Great Malvern, Worcestershire, including Annie Darwin's grave.

The Friends of Shrewsbury Museums
Event: Shrewsbury Darwin Festival
Contact: Peter D. A. Boyd
Shrewsbury Museums Service: museums@shrewsbury.gov.uk
Darwin Country Learning Web Site
Date: Month of February
Location: Shrewsbury
Activities: Over 20 events and 4 exhibitions to run throughout the whole month of February aiming to attract people of all ages and from all walks of life. This year, the events will challenge, entertain and inspire. There are talks, walks, exhibitions and performances, with even a dog walk, a comedy revue and a feast. *See web site for full events and exhibit listings: http://www.darwinshrewsbury.org/

Darwin Center - Natural History Museum
London

British Humanist Association
Event: Darwin Day Lecture 2004
Event Web Site: http://www.darwinday.org/event_info/www.humanism.org.uk
Contact: Marilyn Mason , Education Officer
Tel: 020 7430 0908
Date: February 12, 2004, 6:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Room D302, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London
Directions: http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/mapsAndDirections/findingYourWayAroundLSE.htm
Activities: Dr. Michael Majerus on “The Peppered Moth controversy,” chaired by Richard Dawkins.

Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association
London
Contact: Derek Lennard
Tel: 020-7704-1612
Event: The Debate that Changed the World
Date: Friday 13th February, 7.30pm.
Location: The Library, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1.
Activities: A dramatisation of the debate between Thomas Henry Huxley and Reverend Samuel Wilberforce, which took place in 1860. See this revival of the gladiatorial contest between "Darwin's Bulldog" and "Soapy Sam" which rocked Oxford University.

Skeptics in the Pub
London
Contact: Nick Pullar

Guatemala

Amigos de la Biblioteca Ludwig von Mises
Universidad Francisco Marroquin
Contact: amigosb@ufm.edu.gt , tel: (502) 338-7706
Event: "The Evolution of Evolution"
Date: February 12th, 2004, 6:00 p.m
Location: Ludwig von Mises Library, 2nd floor reading room, UFM campus, Guatemala City
Activities: Exhibit of Darwiniana; Lecture by Dr. Jack Schuster

Amigos de la Biblioteca Ludwig Von Mises, from Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM), a leading social science institution for teaching locate in Guatemala, will celebrate "DARWIN DAY" with an exhibition of books, photos and other materials related to Darwin's life and work. The exhibition will be displayed in the lobby of the Ludwig von Mises Library. On february 12th, 2004, Dr. Jack Schuster, Professor of Biology at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, will deliver a lecture entitled "THE EVOLUTION OF EVOLUTION". The lecture is free and open to the public. Professor Schuster will talk about recent trends in evolutionary theory. It will take place at the 2nd floor reading room.

India

Centre for Philosophy and Foundations of Science
New Delhi, India
Contact: Prof. Ranjit Nair, Director
Event: TBA
Date: TBA
Location: TBA
Activities: TBA

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Ireland

National Museum of Ireland
Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
Contact: Nigel Monaghan , Phone: +353-1-6777444

Event: Darwin Day Lecture
Date: 11 February 2004, 1pm
Location: National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Activities: A lecture as part of a general museum series by Nigel Monaghan, Keeper of Natural History. What did Darwin say about evolution, how does our Natural History Museum illustrate his ideas?

Event: Do the Darwin trail
Date: 12 February 2004, 3-4 pm
Location: National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Activities: Gallery talk; A new tour of the Natural History Museum. Come along and be the first group to experience the Darwin Trail with education assistant Brian Harding. Take a look at a variety of animals that illustrate what Darwin saw without having to travel the world in the process.

Event: Unlucky for some!
Date: 13 February 2004, 3-4 pm
Location: National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Activities: Why do some animals end up extinct, while others are considered to be successful? A gallery talk in the Natural History Museum on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by education assistant Brian Harding.

Association of Irish Humanists
Dublin, IRELAND
Contact: Cormac O'Connell
Event: Darwin Day Lecture
Date: Thursday February 12th 2004 at 8.00 p. m.
Location: The Walton Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
Activities: Professor David McConnell will talk on "The idea of evolution - from cosmos to culture"

Italy

Milan Natural History Museum
Milan, Italy
Date: February 12, 2004
Location: TBA
Activities: Speaker: Massimo Pigliucci

Nepal

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

New Zealand

New Zealand Association of Rationalists & Humanists
Contact: Andrew Geard
E-mail: Andrew@nzarh.org.nz

New Zealand Skeptics
Contact: E-Mail

Peru

Center for Inquiry - Peru
Organized by Center for Inquiry-Perú and the Peruvian Journal of Applied Philosophy
Contact: Manuel A. Paz y Miño

Poland

Polish Freethinkers Society
Contact: Krzysztof Mroz

Scotland

Glasgow University
Contact: P_Skett@bio.gla.ac.uk

National Museums of Scotland
Edinburgh

South Africa

Potchefstroom University - Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Contact: Willem Naude
Event: Darwin Day Workshop
Date: February 12, 2004
Location: Potchefstroom University
Activities: TBA

Spain

Universidade da Coruna
Contact: Carlos A. Pita Abad

United States of America

ALABAMA, USA:

The Capitol School
Teacher: Valesca Lopez Dwyer

Evolution Poetry Extempore
Contact: David C. Kopaska-Merkel

ALASKA, USA:

Humanists of Alaska
Contact: Debbie Bock, tel: (907) 344-8335

ARIZONA, USA:

Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix
Contact: Susan Sackett , tel: 602-426-1313
Event: Third Annual Darwin Day Dinner
Date: February 12, 2004, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Joe's Crab Shack, 1604 E. Southern Ave.,Tempe, AZ
Activities: Social event, annual (Darwin) fish dinner with our fellow Humanists. We will have handouts, merriment, and the traditional birthday toast to our hero, Charles Darwin on the anniversary of his 195th birthday!

CALIFORNIA, USA:

Essig Museum of Entomology - UC Berkeley
Contact: Kipling Will, tel: (510)642-4296
Event: Darwin Day Celebration- Essig Open House
Date: 1:30-5:30 pm - Feb. 12th 2004
Location: Essig Museum, 2nd floor of Wellman Hall, UC Berkeley
Activities: Insect collection - open house and displays; Museum tours

To commemorate the contributions of Charles Darwin, The Essig Museum of Entomology (Wellman Hall) is holding an open-house and celebration. The Museum will be open to the public from 130-530pm, 12 February, for browsing some of our beautiful displays of insects and other arthropods that represent biodiversity in general and specifically research related to the Essig Museum. Hourly guided tours will also be provided. The Entomology Students' Organization is preparing many displays and posters that will be throughout the building as well.

SETI Institute's weekly radio program: "Are We Alone."
"Skeptical Sunday: The Darwin Conspiracy"
Guest: Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education
Web Site: http://www.seti.org/epo/seti_radio/Welcome.html
Date: February 22, 10 pm EST
Information: Sundays at 10 pm EST on Sirius satellite radio across the USA on Channel #144 To ask questions, call 1-800-510-TALK during the broadcast. Re-broadcast on Saturdays at 10 pm EST. (see web site for more info)

California Academy of Sciences
Email: info@calacademy.org

Scientific Gospel Productions, LLC
Contact: Carol Davidson Baird, 858-481-0765
Website Information
Event: 5th Annual Darwin’s Birthday Concert
Date: February 21, 2004
Location: Carlsbad Village Theater, 2822 State Street (5 stoplights west of I-5 and turn right) Carlsbad, CA 92008
Activities: Performance by Dr. Stephen Baird and The Opossums of Truth. The evening’s folk music is to praise evolution, the Big Bang & heroes of scientific discoveries with a bit of humor and political satire. The doctor’s aim with his musical genre is to make the search for truth in the universe more understandable to everyone. Join scientists, rational thinkers and other open-minded persons honoring Charles Darwin & other themes of Scientific Gospel.Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Students with I.D. and $ 5 Children under 12. All three Opossum CD’s will be for sale at $15 each or the special concert price of 3 for $40.

Students for a Non-Religious Ethos (SANE) - UC Berkeley
& National Center for Science Education (NCSE)

Contact: David Fitzgerald, tel: (415)743-8442
Event: Evolutionpalooza 2004!
Date: Thursday Feb. 12th at 7:00p.m.
Location: UC Berkeley, 104 Barrows Hall
Activities: Lecture by Dr. Walter Hartwig; Audience participation game ("Evolutionary!"); Refreshments, drinks, birthday cake for the big D

Center for Inquiry - West
Contact: Terry Rozelle , phone (323) 666-9797, fax (323) 666-4271
Event: Darwin Day Birthday Party
Date: Thursday, February 12th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027
Activities: Join us to celebrate the birthday of the father of the Theory of Evolution. Bill McComas from USC will be on hand to talk about Charles Darwin and the effects his ideas had on his own life and on 150 years of science. Drinks, snacks, music to follow the program. Donations accepted.

Sacramento Darwin Day Committee
Contact: Anna Andrews: (916) 448-9373
EVENT WEBSITE (pdf)
Event: Seventh Annual Sacramento Darwin Day Gala
Ticket price: $7 in advance, $9 at the door. Half price for students with student ID.
To purchase, make a check payable to "HAGSA" (Humanist Association of the Greater Sacramento Area) and mail to: Darwin 2002 Committee, c/o Instructional Systems, P.O. Box 163418, Ft. Sutter Station, Sacramento, CA 95816. Or call Anna Andrews, (916) 448-9373, for details. (email: anna_mae@pacbell.net or CKProfessional@aol.com)
Date: February 7, Saturday, 2004, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. (Doors open 2:15 p.m.)
Location: Curtis Hall, Sierra II Community Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA
Activities: Dr. Taner Edis, keystone speaker, Presentation: "Intelligent Design - Creationism Evolves Again", Literature, dealers, refreshments, snacks and birthday cake and celebration

University of California - Irvine
Organizers: Students for Science and Skepticism
Contact: sss@uci.edu
Event: Second Annual Darwin Day Lecture
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2004; 7-9 pm
Location: Rowland Hall 101, UCI Campus
Activities: Dr. Francisco Ayala, Bren Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology on "Darwin's Greatest Discovery: Design without Designer"

COLORADO, USA:

University of Northern Colorado
Contact: Dr. Angela C. Morrow

Freethinkers of Colorado Springs
Contact: Steven Mahon

WASHINGTON DC, USA:

Washington Area Secular Humanists
Contact: Steven F. Goldberg

FLORIDA, USA:

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Contact: H. Bruce Rinker, Director of Research/Conservation, 941-955-7553 ext. 15

Fernandina Beach Highschool
Contact: Jennifer Graves
Event: Information Awareness
Date: February 12, 2004

Humanists of the Sarasota Bay Area
Contact: Darwin Soder , tel: 941-365-3995
Event: Darwin Day Fish Fry
Date: Feb. 12 at 5:30 pm (Please RSVP by FEB. 5)
Location: Johnny Leverock's Seafood House, 5981 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL
Activities: Celebration of Darwin's achievements

Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville
Contact: John Young

Center for Inquiry - Florida
Contact: Toni van Pelt

Atheist & Agnostic Student Association, University of Florida
Contact: Ben Galecki

GEORGIA, USA:

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

Savannah Community of Reason
Contact: Alan Levin
Event: Second Annual Savannah Darwin Dinner
Date: 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 12
Location: Exchange Tavern, 6710 Waters (near Eisenhower), Savannah GA
*Please RSVP

University of Georgia - Athens
Intro Plant Biology Class
Professor Barry Palevitz
Activities: Birthday Cake

Atlanta Freethought Society (AFS)
Contact: Ried Crowe tel: 678-355-1049
Event: Happy 195th Birthday Charles Darwin!
Date: Feb. 12th, 2004, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Georgia State University (GSU) Student Center
Activities: Booth with a "Did You Know" top-10 list about Darwin and evolution; Birthday cake for Charles Darwin.

IDAHO, USA:

Humanists of Idaho
Contact: humanist@email.com

ILLINOIS, USA:

Augustana College Darwin Club - John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi
Contact: Brad Cosentino
Event #1: Darwin Day Lecture, Speaker: Dr. Milford Wolpoff, Title: "A Neandertal in Your Closet?"
Date: February 3, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Augustana College, New Science Building, 639 38th St. Rock Island, IL 61201
Event #2: Faculty Panel Discussion on "Humanity's Place in Nature"
Date: February 10, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Augustana College, New Science Building, 639 38th St. Rock Island, IL 61201

Eastern Illinois University - Department of Biological Sciences
Contact: Gary Fritz, tel: 217-581-2514
Event #1: Open Forum: "Interface between evolutionary theory and theology: can a darwinian be religious"?
Date: Monday, February 9, 7:00 PM
Location: Roberson Auditorium, Lumpkin Hall, EIU
Activities:Panel of six religious leaders/authorities from different religious traditions including Islam, Judaism, Methodism, Catholicism, Hinduism, and Buddhism will discuss how they incorpororate evolution into their theology
Event #2: Presentation by John Wagner, Field Museum of Natural History: " A chat with Charles Darwin"
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 3:00 PM
Location: Phipps Auditorium, Physical Sciences Building, EIU
Event #3: Film: "Inherit the wind"
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 PM
Location: Room 2080, Life Sciences Building, EIU
Event #4: Film: "Evolution (What about God?)"
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 3:00 PM
Location: Room 2080, Life Sciences Building, EIU
Event #4: Visiting Scholar Presentation by Dr. Karen Bartelt, Eureka College: "Intelligent design, creationism, and American public education"
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 7:00 PM
Location: Room 2080 Life Sciences Building, EIU

Southwestern Illinois College
Biology Department
Contact: Leo Welch, Tel: 618 235 2700 x4199
Event: Darwin Day Sixth Annual
Date: February 13, 2004
Location: Belleville Campus Theatre, SIC, Belleville, Illinois 62221
Activities:

11 a.m. EUGENICS AND ITS OPPOSITION Garland Allen, Pofessor of Biology Washington University
Noon THE DARWIN AWARDS Alan Friedman, Professor of Speech, Southwestern Illinois College
1p.m. A CASE OF RAPID EVOLUTION IN THE BLUEGILL Robert Fischer, Professor of Biology, Eastern Illinois
Also: Display of fossil hominid skulls,library dispay of publications of presenters and primordial soup served in the college cafeteria.

Secular Humanist Society of Chicago
Contact: Adam Walker

Unitarian Universalist Church
Contact: Rev. Dave Weissbard

INDIANA, USA:

Irwin Library - Butler University
Contact: Brad S. Matthies, Reference Librarian, Tel: 317-940-9549
Event: Darwin Day Book Display
Date: Week of February 12, 2004
Location: Irwin Library Lobby, 4600 Sunset Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46208
Activities: Book display featuring books by, or about, Darwin; annotated bibliography included.

Indiana University Northwest - Anthropology Club
Contact: Bob Mucci , tel: 219-980-6607
Event: Darwin Day (event web site)
Date: Thurs Feb 12, 1 to 3:30 pm
Location: IUN Library Conference Center 105, 134 west 35th Ave (one block west of Broadway) - Gary IN
Activities: four speakers, birthday cake

1:00 pm: Larry Ciupik, Astronomer, speaks about "Forensic Astronomy"
1:30 pm: Cynthia O'Dell, Psychologist, speaks on "Charles Darwin's biography of his own child, and the evolution of the study of child development"
2:00 pm: cutting of Darwin's birthday cake
2:15 pm: Marisa Fontana, Archaeologist: talks about "Patterns of warfare among Mississippian Native Americans 500 years before Columbus"
2:45 pm: Paul Kern, Historian, speaks on "The Philosophical Context of The Origin of Species."
Free and open to the public; darwin T-shirts and other items will be available for purchase.

South Newton High School
Teacher: Tony J. Hiatt

KANSAS, USA:

Kansas Wesleyan University
Contact: Arthur K. Neuburger

Kansas Citizens For Science
Contact: Liz Craig

KENTUCKY, USA:

Abraham Bruno Charles Darwin (ABCD)
- Darwin's English Mastiff
Activity: 4th Birthday Celebration for ABCD & 195th for Charles Darwin

LOUISIANA, USA:

University of New Orleans
Sponsored by the UNO College of Sciences and Office of Research
Event Web Site: http://grad.uno.edu/gradlinks/GA/Darwin/
Contact: Elizabeth Sigler, tel: 504-280-7153
Event: Fifth Annual Darwin Day
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Location: Amphitheater (Room 154) Lindy Boggs Conference Center UNO Research and Technology Park Lakeshore Drive (map available on UNO Home Page http://www.uno.edu/)

Schedule of Events:
10:00 am
Welcome and Introduction of Dr. Patty Gowaty - Dr. Jerry Howard, Biological Sciences, UNO
10:30 am "Darwin's Dangerous Legacy: Sex Roles and Sexual Selection" Dr. Patty Gowaty, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia
11:30 am Discussion
12:00-1:20 pm Lunch Break (Some box lunches will be available for $6.50)
1:25 pm Introduction - Dr. David Schultz, Dept. of Biology, Nicholls State
1:30 pm "How Bushy is the Human Family Tree? Recent Fossils Discoveries Offer New Clues" Dr. Trent Holliday, Dept. of Anthropology, Tulane University
2:30 pm-4:00 pm "The Challenge of Teaching Evolution" Panel Discussion David Schultz, Moderator; Dr. Gowaty; Dr. Howard; Dr. Holliday; Dr. Steve Darwin, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane

University of Louisiana at Monroe
Contact: Sandra Davis

Centenary College of LA
Contact: Dr. Beth E. Leuck

MARYLAND, USA:

Baltimore Secular Humanists
Contact: W. C. Reasy

MASSACHUSETTS, USA:

Tufts University
Contact: Prof. Samuel P. Kounaves

Wahconah Regional High School
Teacher: Linda M. Allen

The Disproof Atheism Society
Contact: DASociety@aol.com
Event: Darwin Day: "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" Video & Discussion
Date: February 10 @ 7:15 PM
Location: Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
For more info, email DASociety@aol.com

MICHIGAN, USA:

Hope College
Hosts: the Biology Department and the Alpha Eta Chapter of the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society
Contact: Kevin Eckerle
Event: Darwin Day 2004
Date: Thursday, 12 February - 4:00p.m.
Location: Hope College Holland, MI 49422-9000
Activities: 4:00p.m.: Darwin birthday celebration; 7:00p.m.: showing 'Inherit the Wind'.

Great Lakes Humanist Society
Contact: John Scalise

Southeast Michigan Chapter of Freedom From Religion Foundation
Contact: Kim Blaker

MISSOURI:

Community of Reason
Contact: Lynne Schultz or Theo Schubert: 816-561-1866
Event: Darwin Day Lecture
Date: Feb. 15th, 12:30 for the informal gathering, 1pm for the lecture
Location: Hogan College preparatory academy,1221 E. Meyer Blvd., (1 block South of 63rd St., 1 block East of Troost) - Kansas City, MO (west parking lot)
Activities: Darwin Day Lecture: Utilization of Natural History & Evolution in Exotic Animal Treatment & Disease Prevention - Ancillary & Domino Effects - presented by Dr. Kirk Suedmeyer, DVM, director of animal health, Kansas City Zoo Dr. Suedmeyer will describe the aspects of keeping animals healthy in a zoo environment. He is one of only 73 Zoo Animal Diplomats in the world.

MINNESOTA, USA:

University of Minnesota
Campus Atheists and Secular Humanists - CASH
Contact: Mike Jones

NEBRASKA, USA:

R.E.A.S.O.N. (Rationalists Empiricists and Skeptics of Nebraska)
Contact: Jim Bechtel
Event: Is Darwinism a Religion?
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2004, 7:30 pm
Location: The Antiquarium Gallery, 1215 Harney Street Omaha, Nebraska
Activities: Special Guest Speaker Chris McClellan Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, History and Philosophy of Science

NEVADA, USA:

Skeptics of Las Vegas
Contact: Shirley Braverman

NEW JERSEY, USA:

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

New Jersey Humanist Network
Contact: Tamara Mount

NEW MEXICO, USA:

New Mexicans for Science and Reason, CESE, NM Academy of Science
Contact: Dave Thomas
Website Information
Event: Darwin Day 2004
Date: 2:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, February 14th, 2004
Location: UNM Law Building (1117 Stanford NE, Room 2402).
Activities: Professor Barbara Forrest (Southeastern Louisiana University, Department of History & Political Science ) on "Moving the Discussion of Intelligent Design in a New Direction." Dr. Forrest will be signing copies of her new book, co-authored with Paul R. Gross: Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design; Oxford University Press, November 2003.

University of New Mexico Humanist Society
Contact: Ron Herman, President
Event: Darwin Day 2004
Date: Thursday, February 12; noon
Location: SUB Ballroom B; UNM campus
Activities: Apresentation titled "Darwin and the Scientific Method" by Prof. Jeff Froehlich of the Anthropology Department. Prof. Froehlich's talk will include video clips and will be followed by a talk on the importance of evolution in education by Aaron Cowan, Secretary/Treasurer. Pizza and snacks provided by the HS.

Humanist Society of New Mexico
Contact: Jerry Wesner

NEW YORK, USA:

Stuyvesant High School
Contact: John Galbraith Simmons tel: (718) 788-2056
Web Site: http://www.jgsimmons.com/
Event: Darwin: Unity and Power in Science
Date: February 12, 2004
Location: Stuyvesant High School
Activities: Talk and Discussion. Stuyvesant HS is the oldest of three public high schools in New York City established for gifted students and specializing in physical and biological sciences and technology. It celebrates its centennial in 2004.

Wilson Magnet High School
Teacher: Lisa Dennison

Center for Inquiry & Long Island Secular Humanists
Contact: Gerry Dantone (516 742 1662)
Event: Third Annual Darwin Day Event
Date: 2 PM, Saturday February 14, 2004
Location: Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island building, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City, Nassau County
Activities: Guest speakers will include editor of the Humanist Magazine, former editor of Creation/Evolution magazine, and Executive Director of the American Humanist Association, Fred Edwords. Fred Edwords will take up the topic of "Evolution of Creationism: A Historical perspective." ; Stony Brook Prof. John Wiens. Dr. Wiens’s' topic will be "Evolutionary Biology and Rainforest Biodiversity: Lessons from Treefrogs; Ecological Implications.” References to the importance of Darwin's work will be discussed also. ; LISH President Gerry Dantone; and musical guest Sonny Meadows of The Defibrillators. $2 donation suggested for members, $5 for non-members.

New York City Atheists
Contact: Ken Bronstein 212-535-7425
Event: Charles Darwin Day
Date: Thursday, Feb.12, 2004, 6:30 PM
Location: 352 7th Ave. (16th floor) between 29/30 street just south of Penn Station
Activities: Guest: Richard Milner, contributing editor and writer for Natural History Magazine, and Scientific American. See and discuss his appearances on A&E and the History Channel Charles Darwin Programs.

Buffalo Museum of Science
Contact: Violet Ciotti

Center for Inquiry International
Contact: To find out more about the event and RSVP, call Kevin Christopher at (716) 636-4869 ext. 218.
Event: 3rd Annual Darwin Day Celebration and Fish Fry
Price: Admission is $10.00 at the door, $5.00 for Friends of the Center and students
Date: February 12, 2004, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY
Activities: The event includes a fish dinner with the price of admission, Darwinian games and amusements for kids, a raffle and the talk by Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE)

Hudson Humanists
Contact: Maddy Urken , tel: 201 420 9427
Event: A Celebration of Darwin Day
Web Site: http://www.hudsonhumanists.net/
Date: Sunday, February 22, 2004 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey
Activities: Speaker: Dr. James E. McClellan: author and Professor of History of Science at Stevens Institute of Technology; Lunch

Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York
Contact: Beth Lamont

NORTH CAROLINA, USA:

University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Contact: Derek Luttrell

OHIO, USA:

Ohio University
Organizers: Department of Biological Sciences
Contact: Scott Moody

The Free Inquiry Group (FIG)
Contact: Joe Levee

OKLAHOMA, USA:

John Marshall High School
Teacher: Lorna R. Stein

Norman Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

OREGON, USA:

Oregonians for Rationality (O4R) and Willamette University
Contact: Jeanine DeNoma , tel: 541-745-5933
Event: The Molecular Basis of Life: Evidence for Evolution or Intelligent Design
Date: February 13, 2004 7:30pm
Location: Montag Center Den in the Baxter Complex, Willamette University, 900 State Street, Salem, Oregon
Activities: Lecture by Dr. Mitch Cruzan

Eastern Oregon University
Contact: Christopher Duva

Eugene Round Earth Society
Contact: Dan Wilcox

PENNSYLVANIA, USA:

First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Indiana
Contact: Sara Steelman
Event: Challenges to Rational Thought: 150 Years After Darwin
Date: Sunday, Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m.
Location: First U-U Church, 285 Twolick Drive, Indiana, PA 15701
Activities: Biologist William Cale will discuss the rational basis for the validity of evolution and compare the emotional side of this debate with advances in other sciences. Informal discussion will follow.

Wilkes University Biology Department
Contact: Robert E. Ogren

Humanist Community of Northeast Pennsylvania
Contact: Brenda O'Prisko
Event: Outreach Awareness
Activities: Letters to Media

Duquesne University
Sponsors: Department of Biological Sciences, Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Contact: David J. Lampe , tel:(412-396-6322)
Event Web Site: http://www2.duq.edu/darwin_day/
Directions to Duquesne University
Campus Map with parking noted
Parking is available in the Forbes Ave. Garage.
Date: Monday, February 9, 2004

7-8 PM Public Lecture (free and open to the public)
- Dr. Michael Antolin, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University "Only Outlaws Would Evolve: The Value of Evolution Education to Modern Society"
8-8:30 PM Discussion following Dr. Antolin's lecture
8:30-9:30 PM Reception for Dr. Antolin in Bayer Learning Center Lobby

Saint Francis University
BIOL 402 (Evolution) Students
Contact: Dr. Lane Loya , tel: 814.472.3094
Event: Charles Darwin: The Man Behind the Science
Date: Thursday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA, Sullivan Hall, Room 202
Activities: Darwin's biography, emphasizing his research, travels, writings, and personal life, as well as the many controversies about evolution associated with his name, will be presented though a slideshow and dramatic performance.

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: Robert T. Dillon, Jr. , tel: 843-953-8087
Event: Darwin Week in Charleston
Date: Feb 9 - 12, 2004
Location: College of Charleston Science Center, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424
Activities: A series of four lectures celebrating evolutionary science.

TENNESSEE, USA:

East Tennessee Darwin Day Coalition
Event: Darwin Day at the University of Tennessee
Contact: Marc Cadotte , 865 974-7195; 686-0207
Date: Feb. 12; (for times, see below)
Location: University Center Auditorium, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Activities: Films 12-4pm, keynote talk (Stephen Palumbi: The Evolution Explosion) 7-9pm followed by refreshments

TEXAS, USA:

University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Organizer: UTPB Biology Club
Contact: Steven Schafersman

Ennis High School
Teacher: Melinda Ludwig

Freethinkers of Central Texas and Texas Hill Country Freethinkers
Contact: Julie Fisher , Tel: 210 354-3558
Event: Darwin Celebration
Date: Saturday Feb. 14 at 1 PM
Location: Limestone Grill banquet hall #4, Kendall Inn, Boerne, TX
Activities: Lunch and Learn! Speaker: Oak DeBerg on Evolution, Member Participation on Darwin

The Humanists of Houston
Contact: Jimmy Dunne

VIRGINIA, USA:

Dozier Middle School
Teacher: Beth Knight Brown

Hemlock Society
Contact: Anne Hodge

WASHINGTON, USA:

Central Washington University
Host: Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Anthropology
Contact: David M. Darda, Professor and Chair, tel: 509-963-2731
Event: Darwin Day 2004: Third Annual Celebration of Biological Evolution
Date: February 12, 2004 7:00 pm
Location: 121 Hebeler, Central Washington University, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
Activities: This year's theme: Evolutionary Thought in the Social Sciences
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Dunnell "Darwinian Social Science -- Not Yet"
Commentary by: Dr. Megan Matheson, Dept. of Psychology, CWU and Dr. Lixing Sun, Dept. of Biological Sciences, CWU

Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Contact: Bill Norton, wknorton@aol.com

Humanists of North Puget Sound
Contact: Howard Pellett
Email: cpellett@cnw.com
Web Site: http://www.humanistsnps.com/

WEST VIRGINIA , USA:

Morgantown Darwin Day
Contact: Tim Nelms , tel: (304) 599-3189
Event: Darwin Day 2004
Date: Feb. 12, 2004 - noon
Location: Black Bear, Pleasant St., Morgantown,W.V.
Activities: Presentation on evolution of sex by Dr. Keith Garbutt; informal gathering at Gene's in Morgantown at about 6 pm - all welcome !

WISCONSIN, USA:

http://www.uww.edu/NPA/news_releases/2003/01/27_darwin_day.shtml
Contact: Jeffrey S. McKinnon

Atheists and Agnostics of Wisconsin
Contact: Jim Dew

Freethought Society of Wisconsin
Contact: Glenn Curry