For Darwin Day 2016 we are excited to announce the theme of Paleontology. Although, we are in the preliminary planning stages here is a tentative list of events to look forward to:
For an interactive map of campus, see here. Visitor parking is available at 1545 White Ave. and elsewhere on campus.
The outline below are the events of the 2015 Darwin Day, with a theme of Biogeography.
|Fri Jan 2||Various||First Friday, Puppets Downtown||Knoxville, TN|
|Sat Jan 31||9 am - 5 pm||Field trip to Scopes Courthouse||Dayton, TN|
|Fri Feb 6||Various||First Friday, Puppets Downtown||Knoxville, TN|
|Mon Feb 9||2 pm - 3 pm||Birthday Party||McClung Museum|
|Tues Feb 10||10 am - 3 pm||Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth||Pedestrian Walkway or UC booth (if rain)|
|7 pm||K-12 Level Contest Winners Announced||UC Auditorium|
|7 pm - 8 pm||Lecture by Colin D. Sumrall||UC Auditorium|
|Wed Feb 11||10 am - 3 pm||Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth||Pedestrian Walkway or UC booth (if rain)|
|11:30 am -12:30 pm||Lunch talk by Joseph Panzik||Dabney 575|
|7 pm - 8 pm||Lecture by A.C. Sandy Echternacht||UC Auditorium|
|Thurs Feb 12||10 am - 3 pm||Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth||Pedestrian Walkway or UC booth (if rain)|
|11:30 am -12:30 pm||Evolution Panel||UC Auditorium|
|6:30 pm||Biogeography Cake Contest||UC Auditorium|
|7 pm||College Level Contest Winners Announced||UC Auditorium|
|7 pm - 8 pm||Keynote Lecture by Alan de Queiroz||UC Auditorium|
|8:30 pm - 10 pm||Book-signing with Alan de Queiroz||UC Room 225|
|TBD||TBD||Field trip to explore salamander diversity and tectonic evolution of the Great Smoky Mountains||UC Auditorium|
Sponsors: Darwin Day Tennessee is sponsored by the Central Program Council of UT Knoxville, Dry Dredgers, NIMBioS, and the departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Anthropology, Plant Sciences, Microbiology, History, Psychology, Mathematics, Theater, Sociology, Geography, Biosystems Engineering & Social Science, Entomology, and the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Darwin Day in Knoxville, Tennessee is a volunteer-run event dedicated to informing the public about evolution and its importance as a unifying concept in all of biology. Our goal is to disseminate factual information, in the context of a non-confrontational and rational discussion based on empirical evidence without pre-conceived ideological agendas or uncritical faith in the opinions of scientists, politicians, or clerics. In a state with past and recent legislative efforts to introduce faith-based ideologies into the science classrooms of public schools, these efforts are particularly important.
We sponsored the first Darwin Day event on February 12th of 1997, the 188th birthday of Charles Robert Darwin. Since this first Darwin Day, the annual celebration has grown to include an annual keynote speaker, a teacher's workshop, and other events.
You can join our group by registering with the Darwin Day listserv using this link:
http://listserv.utk.edu/archives/darwin-day-tn.html. We are also looking for students to sign up as group members (this may have a significant effect on funding in the future). To do so, or to give general Darwin Day feedback, please go to here.
After signing up you will receive email updates about the organization. You will also be able to participate in online discussions about evolution, science, and education.