Darwin Day approaches

International Darwin Day

It's time to dust off your Darwin costume again: Darwin Day 2022 is just around the corner! Despite the pandemic, a handful of colleges and universities, schools, libraries, museums, churches, civic groups, and just plain folks across the country — and the world — are preparing to celebrate Darwin Day, on or around February 12, in honor of the life and work of Charles Darwin. These events provide a marvelous opportunity not only to celebrate Darwin's birthday but also to engage in public outreach about science, evolution, and the importance of evolution education. NCSE encourages its members and friends to attend, participate in, and even organize Darwin Day events in their own communities. To find a local event, check the websites of local universities and museums as well as the Darwin Day Celebration registry, now administered by NCSE. For its part, NCSE, with the National Association of Biology Teachers, will be reprising the popular "Squamate Speciation" symposium online at 7:00 p.m. on February 10. And of course NCSE will be active on social media in support of evolution education — look for (and use) the hashtag #whyteachevolution on Darwin Day, and check out our #whyteachevolution essays.

And with Darwin Day comes the return of Evolution Weekend! Dozens of congregations across the country and around the world are taking part in Evolution Weekend, February 11-13, 2022, by presenting sermons and discussion groups on the compatibility of faith and science and the year's theme "The Pandemic, Climate Change, and Evolution: How Religion and Science, Working Together, Can Advance Our Understanding." Michael Zimmerman, the initiator of the project, writes, "Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. One important goal is to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic — to move beyond sound bites. A second critical goal is to demonstrate that religious people from many faiths and locations understand that evolution is sound science and poses no problems for their faith. Finally, as with The Clergy Letter itself, Evolution Weekend makes it clear that those claiming that people must choose between religion and science are creating a false dichotomy." At last count, 102 congregations in 29 states (and four foreign countries) were scheduled to hold Evolution Weekend events.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.