It’s that time again to celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin at Indiana University Northwest with presentations, cake and lively discussion. Join the Anthropology Club for the Sixth Annual Darwin Day on Thursday, Feb. 12 in the Library Conference Center from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Speakers include: Chemistry Lecturer Larry Ciupik, Professor of Psychology Cynthia O'Dell, Ph.D., Sociology Lecturer Marisa Fontana, and Professor of History Paul Kern, Ph.D. Each will discuss evolutionary topics relating to the fields of psychology, archaeology, philosophy and forensics. The featured speakers will each talk for 20 to 30 minutes, with a few minutes for questions between talks.
Schedule of Events:
1 p.m. – Larry Ciupik, Astronomer, speaks about “Forensic Astronomy.”
1:30 p.m. – Cynthia O'Dell, Ph.D., Psychologist, speaks on “Charles Darwin's biography of his own child, and the evolution of the study of child development."
2 p.m. – Cutting of Darwin's birthday cake.
2:15 p.m. – Marisa Fontana, Archaeologist, talks about "Patterns of warfare among Mississippian Native Americans 500 years before Columbus."
2:45 p.m. – Paul Kern, Ph.D., Historian, speaks on "The Philosophical Context of The Origin of Species."
Born in 1809 in Shrewsbury, England, Darwin studied medicine and then earned a degree at Cambridge with plans to join the clergy. In 1831 he accepted an invitation to serve as an unpaid naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, on a five-year scientific expedition to the Pacific coast of South America. His research during this voyage formed the basis of his landmark book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Published in 1859, the work aroused a storm of controversy that continues to this day.
"Darwin's theory of evolution has become the central organizing principal in biology, and the recently decoded human genome clearly demonstrates the mechanism by which all living things on this planet are connected," said Robert J. Stephens, chair of the International Darwin Day program. "Thus Charles Darwin becomes an attractive symbol for us all to recognize and celebrate scientific achievement."
The Anthropology Club will be selling t-shirts and Darwin emblems at the event. For more information, contact Professor of Anthropology Bob Mucci, Ph.D., at (219) 980-6607.