Date/TimeSat, February 8, 2014
ETSU Natural History Museum/Gray Fossil Site
1212 Suncrest Drive
JOHNSON CITY—The East Tennessee State University Natural History Museum is holding its annual Darwin Day celebration Saturday, February 8th.
Darwin Day is an international celebration of science that occurs around February 12th, which is the birthday of Charles Darwin, who was born in in 1809. The mission of Darwin Day is to celebrate the scientific accomplishment of Darwin and his description of evolution through natural selection as well as to explain the far-reaching impact of evolutionary science.
The ETSU Natural History Museum Darwin Day is dedicated to providing the public with scientific information based on empirical evidence regarding evolution and other topics in a thought-provoking and informal setting.
The schedule is still be finalized, but Darwin Day includes:
- “The Evolution of Creationism,” presented by Dr. Joseph Baker, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, ETSU.
- “Lunchtime Evolution Discussion,” led by Drs. Blaine Schubert, Dept. of Geosciences and Natural History Museum, ETSU, Rev. John Shuck, host of Religion for Life on WETS (89.5) and minister of First Presbyterian Church in Elizabethton, Tenn., and Rev. Jacqueline Luck, minister of Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Gray, Tenn. Topics include human evolution, transitional forms, scientific creationism, intelligent design, and more.
Activities for children will be held throughout the day, which includes lessons on the following topics, human evolution and why humans are primates, how natural selection works, and understanding geologic time evidence from fossil records.