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IU Northwest observes Darwin Day Feb. 15

Evolutionary theories serve as foundation for a variety of faculty presentations exploring topics in science, humanities


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The Indiana University Northwest Anthropology Club will celebrate the 203rd birthday of famed evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin, and the 153rd anniversary of the publication of his seminal work, “On the Origin of Species,” during its 14th Annual Darwin Day program from 12 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the Library Conference Center, room 105ABC.

The campus and community are invited to the free event, which features presentations by four IU Northwest faculty members on topics in science, humanities, evolution, and Darwin.

The speakers will each speak for 20 minutes, with a few minutes reserved for questions between talks. The day’s lineup is as follows:

12 p.m. - “Evolution of the Use of Cadavers for Teaching Anatomy” by IUSM-NW Associate Director of Medical Education and Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology Ernest F. Talarico, Jr., Ph.D.

12:25 p.m. - “Evolution of Disgust and its Role in Dehumanization of Others” by Assistant Professor of Psychology Ceyhun Sunsay, Ph.D.

12:50 p.m. – Cutting of Darwin’s Birthday Cake

1:10 p.m. -  “Evolution In Your Backyard – Understanding Changing Water Levels and Changing Attitudes in the Great Lakes” by Associate Professor of Geosciences Erin Argyilan, Ph.D.

1:35 p.m. -  “No Small Potatoes: Tension, Tradition and the Science of Feeding a Hungry World” by Adjunct Professor of Anthropology Stephen Zolvinski, Ph.D.

The Anthropology Club will be selling Darwin fish emblems, Anthropology Club and Darwin T-shirts, and primate Beanie Babies.

Darwin Day at IU Northwest is part of the International Celebration of Science and Humanities in honor of Darwin’s 203rd birthday. To learn more about Darwin Day, an international celebration, visit

For information about IU Northwest’s observance, contact Associate Professor of Anthropology Robert Mucci, Ph.D., at (219) 980-6607 or