Archive for January, 2015

Darwin Day Broward

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Darwin Day Broward is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 7 in Broward College’s North Campus Library in Coconut Beach.

There will be a variety of events including science displays, children’s activities, vendors, food, door prizes, and a slate of exceptional speakers, featuring Brandon Haught, author of Going Ape: Florida’s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom (2014), speaking on “Un-American, Atheistic, Subversive and Communistic,” and Rebecca Harvey of the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center speaking on “Invasive Species and the Impact on the Local Environment.”

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Darwin Day events 2015

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Darwin-DayHere are three Darwin Day events coming up in the next few weeks:

1. Humanists of Sarasota Bay will host a Darwin Day event: Nancy Howell, professor emerita of sociology at the University of Toronto, will be speaking on “Human Evolution: A Kalahari Perspective” at 11:30 a.m. on February 7, at Mattison’s 41, 7275 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Tickets are $25 in advance, which includes lunch, and should be purchased by January 25, 2015. More information is available here (pdf file).

2. A Darwin Day event hosted by the Tampa Bay United Coalition of Reason and its member organizations will take place at 12:30 p.m. on February 7 at Clearwater Unitarian Universalist Octagon, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater. The keynote address on “The Dawn of Life” will be given by David Lynn of Emory University; Elaine Hull and Herb Silverman will also be speaking. Tickets are $25, and are available on-line before February 2, by phone, and from the member organizations. More information is available at

3. A Darwin Day event hosted by Broward College and other local science-centered non-profit groups will be held February 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It features multiple children’s activities, displays, food trucks, presentations on Florida flora and fauna, and featured presentations by local and national speakers. It will be held at Broward College North Campus in Coconut Creek (Fort Lauderdale area). The full slate of speakers has not been announced yet, but one of the confirmed speakers is me! I am scheduled for 2 p.m. and my presentation will be based on my book Going Ape: Florida’s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom. I’ll post other information about the event as they are released.

If you know of any other events, please tell us about them in the comments.

[edited to add] Evelyn Fox Keller of MIT will be speaking on “From Gene Action to Reactive Genomes: Implications for Evolution” at 3:30 p.m. on February 12, in C. W. Young Hall 107, on the campus of the University of Southern Florida in Tampa. A reception in the second floor rotunda will follow. The talk is free and open to the public. For further information, visit the USF Darwin Day page.

[edited again to add] Darwin Week celebrations will be held at Jacksonville University from February 9 to February 13. On February 9 at noon, Bill Robertson will speak on “Darwin the Person” in Reid Auditorium. On February 10 at 7:30 p.m., Julie Ingersoll will speak on “Does Evolution Discredit Religion” at Northstar Pizza, 119 East Bay Street. On February 11 at noon, there will be a discussion session on “Darwin among the Poets” in the River House. On February 12 at 12:30 p.m., Rebecca Kimball will speak on “Avian Evolution in the Era of Big Data” in Reid Auditorium; a pizza lunch and cake will be provided. Also on February 12 at 5:00 p.m., there will be a discussion session on “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in Light of Evolution” in the River House; there will also be a raffle. And on February 13 at noon, there will be an evolution music and talent show in the River House. All events are free and open to the public. For further information, visit the webpage.