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Darwin Day at Stanford

The Resurrection of Darwin Day

Come and join AHA!, the Humanist Community at Stanford, Science Art-Nature, and the Program in Human Biology for a celebration of the life and ideas of Charles Darwin. We'll have food (free!), talks and lectures on Darwin, a birthday party for Charles Darwin, and a Darwin Day pub night (for 21+ students and community members)!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Symposium: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Birthday Party: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Pub Night: 7:30-8:30
Schedule of events:
Darwin Day 2013 Symposium: talks by Stanford faculty and graduate students on all things Darwin

3:00 Welcome
3:05 Jessica Riskin, Professor of History - Darwin Between the Machines: Darwin's struggles with Lamarck and natural theology in creating his theory
3:30 Jonathan Payne, Professor of Paleobiology - Role of Extinction in Evolution:how mass extinctions alter patterns of macroevolution
3:55 Greg Priest, Graduate student in History - Darwin among the Zoophytes:how Darwin's researches into marine invertebrates influenced his evolutionary thought
4:20 Coffee/Snack Break
4:35 Introducing Greg Brown's Missa Charles Darwin, with a libretto based on Darwin's writings and a score composed on evolutionary principles
4:40 Katherine Preston, Associate Director of the Program in Human Biology - Darwin on Your Plate: how understanding evolution help us appreciate our food
5:05 Lynn Rothschild, NASA and Stanford astrobiologist - The Tape: is evolution a predictive science?
5:30 Bradford Harris, Graduate student in History - Survival of the Friendliest: symbiogenesis and the emergence of evolutionary complexity
5:55 Close
6:00 Join the Humanist Community at Stanford and friends for a birthday party for Charles Darwin, including a birthday cake and toast and the opportunity to take your picture with Charles Darwin!
6:05 Opening remarks culminating in a "champagne" toast to Charles Darwin from Darwin Day Founder, Dr. Robert Stephens (Dr. Stephens serves on the BoD of the Humanist Community at Stanford and is an alumnus of Pepperdine, Cornell, and Yale, and served as the former head of the biology research department of the Stanford Research Institute)
6:55 Closing words followed by walk to Antonio's Nuthouse for Darwin Day Pub Night (21+)

Also on exhibit during the event will be a selection of images from Windows on Evolution: An Artistic Celebration of Charles Darwin. This is a juried virtual art exhibit launching on February 12, and sponsored by Science Art-Nature, a nonprofit with Stanford ties. For more information, go to

See you at the Old Union!


Symposium and Birthday Party: Stanford Old Union, 3rd floor
Pub Night: Antonio's Nut House (321 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA)

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