It’s a new year, and it will be a busy one here in Iowa when it comes to evolutionary biology. I want to highlight two upcoming events: Iowa City’s first annual Darwin Day celebration featuring a lecture by Massimo Pigliucci, and an upcoming symposium on evolution and intelligent design, featuring John Haught and Wesley Elsberry. These events will be held in February and March, respectively; more information on both of them after the jump.
Event Number One: Iowa City’s First Annual Darwin Day Celebration
About: A celebration of science in general and biology specifically, with events aimed at the general public.
When: February 13-14, 2007
Where: Iowa City, various locations
Tuesday, Feb 13th. 7PM: Live from Prairie Lights, “the best of current literature on public radio.” Reading by Massimo Pigliucci.
Wednesday, Feb 14th.
3:30pm Biology Seminar, 101 BBE Kollros Auditorium, “Making sense of evolution: the conceptual foundations of evolutionary biology”
5:30pm Public Lecture, C20 Pomerantz Center “Is evolution a logical fallacy? (No…)”
6:30pm Reception with cake, hors d’oeuvres and drinks, Iowa Hall
Free and open to the public, but we’re doing some fundraising. First, one of our biology professors, John Logsdon, has volunteered to chop off his flowing mane and donate the hair to Locks of Love; we’re soliciting donations to raise $3000 to make this happen.
About: An interactive symposium discussing the basics of evolutionary theory and intelligent design, with emphasis on the science, religion, and politics involved. Aimed at school teachers, administrators, and interested laymen who want to better understand the underlying issues. (No, this won’t be ID-friendly by any means…)
When: March 16-17, 2007
Where: Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa
The lineup (full schedule can be found here)
Friday, March 16:
Saturday, March 17:
8:30: Talk by theologian John Haught of Georgetown University.
10:00-3:00, workshops and lunch.
3:15: Talk by Jennifer Miller, biology teacher at Dover High School, Pennsylvania.
4:00-5:00: panel discussion and summation.
Cost: $30 pre-pay (or $20 for lectures only, no snacks/meals), $40 at the door. However, scholarships are available to educators and administrators to attend; more information can be found here.
Hope to see some Iowa readers in attendance at one (or both) of these events!