Darwin's Birthday Celebrated in Nashville
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Darwin Day and Evolution Weekend are international celebrations of science and humanity.
DARWIN's BIRTHDAY PARTY. On his birthday, Thursday, February 12, 2009, gather at 7 pm at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville. This will be a POTLUCK, co-sponsored by Americans United and the Humanist Association of Middle Tennessee. It will feature Dr. Michael Hodges, philosophy professor from Vanderbilt, leading discussion about Darwin's impact on science and the world. There will be live original music about evolution from Grammy winner Don Henry, Ross Falzone, and Brian Fleming There may be a short video. Scheduled to end by 9.
Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 pm at Watkins College of Art and Design, Room 503, located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. (formerly Metrocenter Blvd.), Nashville. This will feature a Powerpoint presentation by Mike Tidwell, doctoral candidate in anthropology at Vanderbilt, who provided us earlier with his study based on his three-month field work in east Tennessee. His topic will be MISUNDERSTANDING EVOLUTION: How Politics, Religion and Psychology Prevent Us from Understanding Biology's Unifying Theory. Sponsored by Nashville Chapter Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Scheduled to end by 3.
All eventa are free and open to the public.
Dawin is being celebrated throughout the world. More than 12,000 clergy from many denominations have signed the "Clergy Letter Project,” which states that they do not regard evolution as conflicting with their beliefs. So although much of the celebration of Darwin’s life has centered around freethought groups, scientists, universities, and museums, there are also sermons being given in churches around the world. Some 854 congregations are participating in Evolution Weekend. Ten are in Tennessee and two in Nashville.
This is also the Year of Astronomy, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope and his world-shaking announcement that the earth is not the center of the universe.
www.DarwinDay.org www.ClergyLetterProject.net www.TeachThemScience.org www.DonHenry.com www.RossFalzone.com www.Nashville-AU.org www.AU.org