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Darwin Day Celebration

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on how to celebrate Darwin, Science, and Humanity

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In addition to these resources on this archived site, please see a list of educational resources on our current site here.

Samples of DarwinDay Events Planned For Bicentennial Celebrations in 2009
  • Shrewsbury’s annual month-long Darwin Festival
    In addition Shrewsbury holds a month-long festival each year in February honoring their favorite son. From their Website: “The Darwin Festival was founded in 2003 in recognition of the fact that Darwin's bicentenary was looming and it was fitting that the town of his birth should mark the event. We now attract international speakers and international visitors to our event. Our keynote speaker in February 06 was Richard Dawkins.

    Darwin’s birthplace with special reference to Darwin

    The town of Shrewsbury

    Official website of the Darwin Birthplace Society
    From their website: “ The Society will provide a formal network, gathering all with an interest in Darwin and his birthplace. It is potentially a vehicle for the acquisition of funding for the many exciting projects in the pipeline and will offer members the opportunity to help to preserve Charles Darwin's heritage for the future. Members can become actively involved in the work for the preservation of Darwin's Birthplace in Shrewsbury.”

  • The Beagle Project
    From their website: “The Pembrokeshire Beagle will be a working replica of the boat on which the young Charles Darwin sailed between 1831 and 1836…We intend that the replica Beagle will inspire a new generation of scientists and play a crucial role in increasing public understanding of science…Beagle will sail with crews of young students who will undertake scientific research and environmental monitoring, and will be mentored by science professionals seconded from universities and industry…[The Beagle replica] will be the focus of worldwide attention during the Darwin 200 celebrations in 2009, which will celebrate and promote the life and work of Charles Darwin.”]  NB: The BBC has expressed interest in filming a series aboard the replica.

    The Beagle Project Blog
    Keep up with latest news on the project

    Overview of the Beagle Voyage

    Historical summary of events leading up to Darwin's Beagle Voyage

    History of the Beagle voyage

  • University of Nebraska Symposium on Evolution 2009:
    In celebration of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his work, On the Origin of Species, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Biology Department (BHS 211A) will sponsor a symposium on evolution. Guest speakers:
    Randy Moore , University of Minnesota;
    Jack Horner , Montana State University;
    Rob Knight , University of Colorado;
    Lisa Steiner , MIT;
    Scott Gilbert , Swarthmore College;
    Donald Johanson , Arizona State University.

    In addition, they plan a poster session open to registration by students and faculty. They also plan a dinner the evening on September 3 which the guest speakers will attend and converse.
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Samples of Websites of Darwin Day Events Held at Universities in Past Years
  • Darwin Day 2006 at University of Tennessee-Knoxville
    Sponsors: The Chancellor, Division of Biology, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Department of Religious Studies, at the University of Tennessee:
    Rev. Michael Dowd , “Why Jesus Loves Darwin and You Could Too”, and “The Gospel According to Evolution: Great News Personally and Globally”,
    Dr. Tim Berra, evolutionary ichthyologist, “Charles Darwin: The Man 1809-1882”,
    A workshop for area high and middle school teachers titled “Teaching Evolution in Public Schools: Current Challenges”, hosted by the Tennessee Valley Universalist Unitarian Church in Knoxville. (back to top)

  • Central Washington University 2006 Darwin Week Central Washington University Department of Geological Sciences, Ellensburg, Washington. See also http://www.cwu.edu/~relation/pr-feb02-06.html.
    Alexander Glass, CWU Department of Geological Sciences, “A Young Earth? A Geologist Looks at the Creation-Evolution Debate”,
    Bruce Palmquist, CWU Department of Physics, "Science and Religion: Friends or Foes?"
    Jay Bachrach, CWU Department of Philosophy, “Intelligent Design Theory – Is it Science?”,
    Andrew Piacsek, CWU Department of Physics, "The Age of the Cosmos",
    Carey Gazis, CWU Department of Geological Sciences, "The Age of the Earth",
    Alexander Glass, CWU Department of Geological Sciences, "Evolution, Religion, and You",
    Steven Verhey, CWU Department of Biological Sciences, "Why Teaching Creationism in College Science Classes is Good for Science",
    Alexander Glass, CWU Department of Geological Sciences and Andrew Piacsek, Department of Physics, "Evolution – What About God?" A Video Presentation Followed by Discussion,
    Alexander Glass, CWU Department of Geological Sciences, "Navigating the Minefield – Can Evolution Be Taught Without the Controversy?". (back to top)

  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
    Biology students show posters related to Darwin's life and achievements. (back to top)

Samples of Museum Websites celebrating Darwin Day
  • Darwin Day 2006 Celebrations at the Redpath Museum of McGill University. “Defending Darwin and Evolution Today”, a lecture by Dr. Brian Alters, an Expert Witness in a US Federal trial on Science, Education, Biological Evolution and "Intelligent Design Creationism". “Defending Evolution with Fossils”, a gallery tour and presentation with Dr. Hans Larsson, professor of Vertebrate Paleontology and expert on Mesozoic vertebrates. Also Darwin Day 2007 at Redpath.
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  • Darwin Day 2006 Celebrations at the National Museum of Ireland.
    “Darwin’s Curiosity”, lecture, Rebecca Stoff, author of Darwin and the Barnacle. Museum tours for adults and juniors, emphasizing Darwin and human evolution. (back to top)

  • Darwin Day 2006 Celebrations at London’s Natural History Museum.
    Lively discussion with the former Curator of Down House, Charles Darwin's home in Kent, ranging from his voyage on the Beagle to his theory of evolution, and from his privileged upbringing to his loyal friends. (back to top)

  • Darwin Day 2007 at the University of California Museum of Paleontology
    The UCMP museum will present a short course, “The Implications of Evolution: Evidence and Applications”, on Saturday, February 10, 2007, in Room 2050, Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. From their website: “Learn about current research in evolutionary biology, including behavior and defense, primate evolution, and coevolution and its impact on biodiversity … AND celebrate Darwin Day (Darwin's birthday is February 12) a little early!” See their website for list of speakers and topics. [“UCMP is a member of the Berkeley Natural History Museums . This course is co-sponsored by the California Science Teachers Association, California Academy of Sciences, the Oakland Museum of California, and the National Center for Science Education.”]
Samples of Websites created by freethought organizations celebrating Darwin Day Samples of religious Websites celebrating evolution
  • The Clergy Letter Project Presents Evolution Sunday 2006 “On 12 February 2006 hundreds of Christian churches from all portions of the country and a host of denominations came together to discuss the compatibility of religion and science.   For far too long, strident voices, in the name of Christianity, have been claiming that people must choose between religion and modern science.  More than 10,000 Christian clergy signed The Clergy Letter demonstrating that this is a false dichotomy.

  • “Churches say 'amen' for Darwin's theory: Many to celebrate scientist's birthday”.  By Lisa Anderson, Chicago Tribune, February 12, 2006

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Decatur Celebrates Darwin Day 2006
    From their February newsletter: “February 12—"Happy Birthday Charles Darwin," with Rev. John Biedler.  Building upon the comments last Sunday by guest speaker James Winker on the struggle between science and religion, today we will celebrate the 197th birthday of Charles Darwin. February 12, 2009 will be his 200th; that date will also be the 150th anniversary of the publication of his famous book On The Origin Of Species. What has been his legacy? What new ideas, new controversies, new understandings of the evolutionary process have emerged since his death? Life is ever expanding, ever changing, ever evolving, and so much our understanding of the evolving process on our planet. Here are what I've been able to glean are science's latest understandings and what they might mean to lives.”

  • Pastor of Stony Brook Community Church (Methodist) speaks up for science on Darwin Day 2006.
    “The Rev. Richard E. Edwards will not mince words in his sermon today about God and Charles Darwin, the 19th century naturalist whose theory of evolution rocked the world.  ‘I want to reaffirm the compatibility of Biblical tradition and modern science,’ said Edwards, pastor of Stony Brook Community Church, a small, Methodist congregation that draws members from the nearby university and medical center. ‘This is a community where science counts, and where folks really need to hear that.’”

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie Celebrates Darwin Day 2006
    Sunday service devoted to celebrating the principles that Darwin discovered, and the importance of science generally.

    NB: Numerous Unitarian Universalist Fellowships throughout the United States celebrated Darwin Day in their Sunday services.  Click here to find the individual UUFs that registered with the Darwin Day Celebration organization.

  • Catholics Celebrate Darwin Day Article by by Melissa Scott Sinclair, Feb. 1, 2006:  “Priest to Preach Darwin on “Evolution Sunday”.  From the article:  “One church in Richmond is going a step further and observing “Evolution Sunday” Feb. 12 — the 197th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. A mass and discussion about the coexistence of evolution and biblical beliefs is planned at the Gentle Shepherd Church of Antioch on Ellwood Avenue, a small independent Catholic congregation that combines traditional liturgical worship with modern theology.”

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Samples of library Events celebrating Darwin Day
  • Tutt Library News
    Tutt library at Colorado College devoted a display case on the second floor to an exhibit of books by and about Darwin, along with information about his life. A picture of their eye-catching display is shown on their website.

  • Gumberg Library
    Gumberg Library at Duquesne University participates in the Darwin Day Events on campus by preparing a special display of selected Darwin Material.

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Samples of International Darwin Day Websites Online Full-Text Versions of Darwin’s Publications
  • The British Library
    The writings of Charles Darwin on the web. Edited by Dr. John van Wyhe, claiming “The most complete collection of Darwin's work ever published- with original page numbers, illustrations etc”. From Dr. van Wyhe’s website: “ John van Wyhe is a historian of science and the Director of the research project The complete work of Charles Darwin online at the University of Cambridge. He is affiliated with the Department of History & Philosophy of Science, a Member of Council for the British Society for the History of Science and Director of its Wheeler Library.” A must click. Truly compendious. Includes both 1st and 6th editions of On the Origin of Species, Darwin’s contributions to books and periodicals …

  • http://www.literature.org/authors/darwin-charles
    Includes: Voyage of the Beagle, Origin of Species (1st & 6th eds), and Descent of Man.

  • http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/origin.html
    First edition: On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life . Includes Preface to the 3rd edition.

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Additional Darwin-Related Websites Additional Evolution-Related Websites