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Seventh annual Darwin Day Celebration hosts lively discussion from several faculty members

It’s that time again to celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin at Indiana University Northwest with fun presentations, cake and lively discussion. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's famous book On The Origin of Species. Join the Anthropology Club for the Seventh Annual Darwin Day on Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the Library Conference Center from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Schedule of events:

•1 p.m. - Kevin Kennedy, from the Department of Biology will speak about the continuing conflict between creationism and science; •1:30 p.m. - Scooter Pegram, Ph.D., from the Modern Languages Department, will discuss language evolution;

•2 p.m. - Cake cutting

•2:15 p.m. - Jackie Zalewski, from the Department of Sociology, will present a talk on current social evolution with the topic: "’Rebadging:’ The in-house outsourcing of professional workers" ; and

•2:45 p.m. - Michelle Stokely, Ph.D., from the Department of Sociology, will discuss the topic "Science meets the Indian: Perceptions and Politics."

Come back for an evening presentation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Center, room 105C by John Monaghan, Ph.D., head of the anthropology department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who will talk about his fieldwork in Oaxaca among the Mixtec.

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, Ph.D., 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.



Media Contact:

Michelle Searer

Dr. Bob Mucci
Dept. of Anthropology

Related Links

Charles Darwin Biography

Dept. of Anthropology

Charles Darwin British Naturalist 1809 -1882 I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term Natural Selection. —Charles Darwin from "The Origin of Species"
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