Date/TimeMon, February 11, 2013 until Wed, February 13, 2013
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
We are excited to announce Darwin Day Tennessee 2013! DDT 2013 represents the latest installment of the longest-running Darwin Day celebration in the United States. This year, DDT’s special focus is on a topic that has inspired nearly as much public controversy as evolution: climate change. Through DDT 2013, we aim to link the world-changing ideas first expressed by Darwin 153 years ago to the changes that are facing the world today.
This year, Darwin Day Tennessee, which will be held from Feb. 11-13, has a wide variety of events to offer the students, faculty, and staff of UT-Knoxville, and the community at large. Camille Parmesan, a prominent global change biologist at the University of Texas-Austin, will deliver the keynote address on how climate change is affecting evolution. In addition, Ezra Markowitz, a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at Princeton University, will give a brown-bag lunch talk on “Communicating climate change to an uncertain public: Where do we go from here?”
During our three-day event, students walking to class or pedestrians in Market Square might be surprised to see two enormous, bearded, dignified papier-mâché heads bobbing along. A closer look would reveal that they are none other than Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, larger-than-life puppets created by UTK students with help from local artists. Also, a bassoon sextet is traveling to Knoxville to perform “Dan Welcher’s Music for Earthworms: a Darwinian Odyssey,” a specially commissioned piece inspired by the work and philosophy of Charles Darwin, whose final book was about the influence of worms on ecology. Folks who don’t find bassoon music to their taste might prefer to sample one of the Darwin-themed cakes that culinary-minded contestants will be submitting, or to attend one of the many film screenings being offered during the Darwin Day festivities. In addition, an information booth will provide facts and literature on evolution (not to mention merchandise including T-shirts designed as part of a contest, or the perennially popular Darwin bobbleheads)! Finally, local K-12 teachers will have the opportunity to attend a workshop, where they will share and learn techniques for teaching evolutionary concepts to an often skeptical classroom.
Darwin Day Tennessee has a 15-year history of telling the story of Charles Darwin, and promoting the importance of the concept of evolution along with other Darwin Day organizations worldwide. For more information, please visit darwin.utk.edu.