Charles Darwin's 200th birthday to be celebrated at Fairfield University on Thursday

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Biology professors at Fairfield University have planned a day-long celebration of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of his landmark publication "On the Origin of Species ..." on Thursday, Feb. 12. Glenn R. Sauer, Ph.D., chair of the Biology Department, and James Biardi, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology have planned events starting at 9 a.m. and going until 11:00 p.m., complete with a birthday cake celebration at noon in the Bannow Science Center MacDonnell Atrium.

Darwin Day - A Birthday Celebration!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
DiMenna Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial (2 hrs) - 9:00 a.m.
hosted by Jim Biardi, Biology

Genius: Charles Darwin (1 hr) - 11:00 a.m.
hosted by Ashley Byun McKay, Biology

Bannow Science Center MacDonnell Atrium
Break for Birthday Party - 12:00 noon
Cake For Everyone!

DiMenna Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Biography episode: Charles Darwin, Evolution's Voice (1 hr) - 2:00 p.m.
hosted by Jennifer Klug, Biology

PBS Evolution (episode 1): Darwin's Dangerous Idea (2 hrs) - 3:00 p.m.
followed by Roundtable Discussion with Rick DeWitt, Philosophy and Dennis Keenn, Philosophy
“How does Evolutionary Theory Challenge Traditional Ideas of God?”

PBS Evolution (episode 7): What about God? (1 hr) - 5:30 p.m.
hosted by Glenn Sauer, Biology

Barone Campus Center Oak Room
Inherit the Wind (2.5 hrs) - 7:00 p.m.
hosted by Brian Walker, Biology
Popcorn provided

Flock of Dodos: The Evolution -
Intelligent Design Circus (1.5 hrs) - 9:30 p.m.
hosted by Glenn Sauer, Biology

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Posted on February 9, 2009