We are excited to host Dr. Alan de Queiroz as our keynote speaker, who will talk about his book on biogeography, a topic explored by Darwin, Wallace, and many others.



For an interactive map of campus, see here. Visitor parking is available at 1545 White Ave. and elsewhere on campus.

Date Time Event Location
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
Sat Feb 7 9 am - 2 pm Teacher's Workshop NIMBioS: Claxton Building
Mon Feb 9 9 am - 2 pm Birthday Party McClung Museum
Tues Feb 10 9 am - 3 pm Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth Pedestrian Walkway or UC booth (if rain)
TBD Lunch talk by Joseph Panzik TBD
7 pm K-12 Level Contest Winners Announced UC Auditorium
7 pm - 8 pm Lecture by Colin D. Sumrall UC Auditorium
Wed Feb 11 9 am - 3 pm Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth Pedestrian Walkway or UC booth (if rain)
7 pm - 8 pm Lecture by A.C. Sandy Echternacht UC Auditorium
Thurs Feb 12 9 am - 3 pm Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth Pedestrian Walkway or UC booth (if rain)
TBD 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 Quieroz UC Auditorium
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, 90.3 The Rock WUTK, 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.

Join Us

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.