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May Lecture: Darwin Day Panel and Reception (plus Children's Workshop

GBH and the Humanist Community at Harvard invite you to our belated celebration of Darwin Day, 'a celebration of science and humanity', after our event closer to February 12 was postponed due to the blizzard of 2013. This HCH-organized May 5 event will take place on the campus of Harvard at 6 pm -- a later time than our usual Sunday meetings -- due to the availability of panel speakers and performers.

Join our local secular community along with Harvard Professor Joshua Greene, Brown Professor Fiery Cushman, Boston University Professors Catherine Caldwell-Harris and Peter Blake, Harvard Medical School Fellow Dr. Omar Haque, and Boston University post-doctoral researcher in cognitive evolution Adena Schachner for an evening of evolutionary psychology, rational revelry, and skeptical socializing in honor of Charles Darwin!

With special guest talented atheist activist and singer-songwriter Shelley Segal.

This year’s panel is a follow up to the one HCH hosted last year, revisiting some of the same topics as but also focusing on the evolution of compassion, cooperation, and community, with the special addition of panelist Catherine Caldwell-Harris. How do we study positive, pro-social emotions and how can we develop and cultivate them?

We will also co-host a special family-friendly science workshop before the event (4-5 pm, 12 Eliot Street), as part of the Humanist Learning Lab, our secular Sunday program. Read more at

As part of HCH's Values in Action program, this event will also feature a service component. During the reception after the panel, we will be recruiting donors for the national bone marrow registry. Since bone marrow donation requires a close genetic match, we don’t actually collect bone marrow en masse like a blood drive; instead, you just fill out a form with contact information and a brief medical history, and do a quick cheek swab so we can test and store your genetic typing information – the whole process takes about 15 minutes. A representative from Be the Match will be there to tell you more about the donation process and the urgent need for bone marrow, and can answer any questions you have!

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  • John H.

    If you can't make it to this, I'm hosting Be the Match at my ARC Blood Drive at First Parish in Arlington on Saturday, May 11th.

    May 3, 2013

  • Michael J.

    Guys, I just spent a week with Shelley Segal.... and she is amazing! Don't miss this event.

    April 30, 2013

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