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Darwin Week 2014 at SIUC - flyer HERE

John Gurche
Monday, February 10.  7:00 pm.  John C. Guyon auditorium, Morris Library. Mini-symposium entitled “All Creatures Great & Small”. Guest speakers from SIUC faculty and panel discussion afterwards. Flyer HERE.

Tuesday, February 11. 7:00 pm. John C. Guyon auditorium, Morris Library. Presentation of PBS film "Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Wednesday, February 12. 7:30 pm, Lesar Law Building auditorium. Keynote lecture. "Shaping Humanity: Telling the Human Evolution Story with Art" presented by John Anthony Gurche. Reception and book signing afterwards. Flyer HERE.

Thursday, February 13. 5:30-6:30 PM - reception and award ceremony for the 4rd annual Photo/Art Exhibit & Contest, theme: "Endless Forms Most Beautiful".  SIUC Student Center Art Alley (2nd floor).  For more on that event, go HERE.


For more photos of Darwin Week 2014, go HERE.
Shaping Humanity

Darwin Week 2013 at SIUC - flyer HERE

Eugenie Scott
Monday, February 11.  7:00 pm. Life Science III auditorium.  Mini-symposium entitled “Evolution in Your Backyard”. Guest speakers from SIUC faculty and panel discussion afterwards. Flyer HERE.  Videos of these presentations can be found on YouTube HERE.

Tuesday, February 12.  6:00 pm. Life Science III auditorium.  Presentation of the PBS Nova documentary film Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial. Watch it on PBS Video HERE.

Wednesday, February 13. 12 pm. John C. Guyon Auditorium of Morris Library. Dr. Eugenie Scott, Director of the National Center for Science Education, gave her first presentation Creationism du jour.

At 7:30 pm Dr. Scott gave her public lecture in the SIUC Student Center Ballroom D entitled What Would Darwin Say to Today’s Creationists?  Reception and book signing followed afterwards. Flyer HERE. Videos of Dr. Scott's lectures can be found on YouTube HERE.

Thursday, February 14. Photo / Art Exhibit and Contest, theme: Variation Under Nature / Variation Under Domestication.  Exhibit in the 2nd floor SIUC Student Center Art Alley. Reception and award ceremony Thursday, February 14 from 5:00-6:30 pm. The artwork remained on display from Feb. 11 to Mar. 3.  For more on that event, go HERE.


For more photos of Darwin Week 2013, go HERE.
Evolution vs. Creationism Book Cover

Darwin Week 2012 at SIUC

Dr. M. Pigliucci
Tuesday February 7. At 7:00 PM the film Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, BBC, narrated by David Attenborough, was shown in the Life Science III Auditorium (room 1059). A scientific panel discussion followed.  Participating in the panel were Drs. Richard Thomas (Zoology), Daniel Nickrent (Plant Biology), Andy Anderson (Zoology), and Ulrich Reichard (Anthropology).

Wednesday February 8. Endless Forms Most Beautiful art competition.  From Feb. 1-17, art pieces were on display in "Art Alley" on the second floor of the SIUC Student Center. These pieces were judged and the winners presented awards at the reception ceremony. For more on that event, go HERE.

Thursday February 9. Dr. Massimo Pigliucci (Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York) presented two seminars: 1) The many meanings of 'doing theory' in biology, 12 noon, Guyon Auditorium and 2) Nonsense on Stilts, 7:30 PM, Student Center Auditorium.  The flyer that announced his talk is HERE. A reception and book signing followed the second seminar.

For more photos of Darwin Week 2012, go HERE.

Darwin Week 2011 at SIUC

PZ Myers Monday, February 7, 7 PM in the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. A panel discussion was conducted whose theme was The Intersection of Evolution and Faith. Local religious leaders representing several faiths participated in a moderated discussion of the impact of Charles Darwin's ideas on their faiths.

Tuesday, February 8, 7 PM in the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. A presentation of the controversial Darwin biopic Creation. This film failed to find a U.S. distributor when it was released. This was (as far as we know) its first public showing in southern Illinois.

Wednesday, February 9, 5 PM
in "Art Alley" on the second floor of the SIUC Student Center. For the past week art forms submitted to the Endless Forms Most Beautiful art competition were on display.  Following judging, there was a reception that included refreshments and the awards ceremony. For more on that event, go HERE.

 Thursday, February 10, 7 PM in Ballroom B in the SIUC Student Center. A public lecture entitled The Evolution of Cooperation was presented by Dr. Paul (PZ) Myers, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Dr. Myers is the author of Pharyngula, one of the most widely read science blogs.  Refreshments were provided after the lecture.


Darwin Week 2010 at SIUC

Michael Ruse February 10, 7:30 PM in the Student Center Ballroom D.  Our guest speaker was Dr. Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy, Florida State University. The title of his talk was Can a Darwinian be a Christian? He is the author of many books on the relationship between science and religion.

The flyer that announced his talk can be seen HERE.

For more photos of Darwin Day 2010, click HERE.
Ruse Book

Darwin Week 2009 at SIUC


Barbara Forrest Monday, February 9, 2009. The celebration this year was particularly special because it marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Our guest speaker was Dr. Barbara Forrest, Professor of Philosophy in the Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University (web page HERE).  Dr. Forrest presented two lectures.  The first was at noon in the Life Science III Auditorium entitled Creationism's Trojan Horse: Intelligent Design Since the Dover Trial.

The flyer that announced her talk can be seen HERE.

Dr. Forrest's second public lecture was at 7:30 PM in the Student Center Auditorium and was entitled Slam Dunk for Science and the Constitution: Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District 2005.

The flyer that announced her talk can be seen HERE.
Creationism's Trojan Horse book

Dr. Forrest is coauthor with Paul R. Gross of Creationism's Trojan Horse and was a key witness for the plaintiffs in the 2005 Kitzmiller vs. Dover intelligent design trial that led to Judge Jones' comprehensive demolition of the case for teaching intelligent design in science classrooms. During the reception following the talk, Dr. Forest engaged in book signing.  

In the same room as the reception were various displays of plants and fossils arranged in front of the geologic time scale - meant to demonstrate evolutionary principles and the types of living forms that have been present in the past. A large poster prepared by Dan Nickrent showed a circular ribosomal RNA phylogenetic tree with photos of representive organisms scattered around the periphery.  The poster was titled Diversity of Life and had the portrait of Charles Darwin in the center as well as his words "Our classifications will come to be, as far as they can be made so, geneologies". A small version of the poster can be seen HERE.

Wednesday February 11, 2009, 7 PM in the Life Science III Auditorium. A free public showing of the evolution/creationism documentary, Flock of Dodos: The Evolution - Intelligent Design Circus.  The flyer for this can be seen HERE.  

Following the video, a panel discussion was lead by SIUC faculty representatives from Anthropology, Geology, Microbiology, Plant Biology and Zoology. At this discussion we were joined by a very special surprise guest!

For more photos of Darwin Day 2009, click HERE.

Darwin Week 2008 at SIUC

Sean Carroll Tuesday February 12, 7:30 PM in the Student Center Auditorium. Our speaker was Dr. Sean B. Carroll, Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His website is HERE. The title of his talk was The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution.  

The flyer that announced his talk can be seen HERE.  

More photos from Darwin Day 2008 can be seen HERE.
Making the Fittest book

Darwin Week 2007 at SIUC

Massimo Pigliucci Thursday February 15, 7:00 PM.  Our speaker was scheduled to be Dr. Massimo Pigliucci, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY at Stony Brook (web page HERE). The title of his talk was Is Evolution a Logical Fallacy? He maintains a blog called Rationally Speaking.  But alas, winter weather intervened and Massimo's trip was canceled.

The flyer that announced his talk can be seen HERE.

Making Sense of Evolution

Darwin Week 2006 at SIUC


Tim Berra Wednesday February 15, 7 PM in the Life Science III Auditorium.  Our speaker for the inaugural SIUC Darwin Day celebration in 2006 was Dr. Tim Berra, Emeritus Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University. His web page is HERE. The title of his talk was Charles Darwin: The Man 1809-1882.  Dr. Berra is the author of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism.

The flyer that announced his talk can be seen HERE.

 
Tim Berra's Book