We are excited to host Harvard's Dr. Andrew Berry as our keynote speaker, who will talk about the other discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace, at 7 pm on Feb 11 at UC Auditorium, as well as a talk about Darwin and human evolution at 12:30 pm on Feb. 11. NIMBioS postdoc Dr. Nick Matzke,  formerly communications director for the National Center for Science Education, will be leading a tour of the courthouse of the Scopes trial as well as presenting a talk about defending teaching of science in schools. We also have a teacher workshop and movies, as well as giant roaming puppets of Darwin and Wallace. See also information on Twitter (@ChuckDarwinUTK) and Facebook (chuck.darwin).


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For an interactive map of campus, see here. Visitor parking is available at 1545 White Ave. and elsewhere on campus.

Date Time Event Location
Fri Jan 24 Various Giant puppets on campus and downtown Knoxville, TN
Sat Jan 25 9 am - 5 pm Field trip to Scopes Courthouse Dayton, TN
Fri Jan 31 Various Giant puppets on campus and downtown Knoxville, TN
Tue Feb 4 5 - 6 pm Preview of events on Freethought Forum TV program Comcast channel 12, Charter channel 6
Fri Feb 7 6 pm Giant puppets at First Friday Knoxville, TN
Sat Feb 8 9 am - 1pm Teacher's workshop Claxton Hall, room 105
Sun Feb 9 10 am - 12 pm Interview on Hubert Smith public affairs radio show 90.3 The Rock WUTK, streaming online
Mon Feb 10 9 am - 3 pm Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth Pedestrian Walkway or UC booth (if rain)
11 am Video: Creation Hodges Library, room 213
12:45 pm Video: National Geographic: The Human Family Tree Hodges Library, room 213
Tue Feb 11 9 am - 3 pm Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth Pedestrian Walkway or UC booth (if rain)
11 am Video: The Fall Hodges Library, room 213
12:30 pm Lunch talk by Andrew Berry: "Charles Darwin and the evolution of his own species" Buehler, room 511
7 pm Keynote lecture by Andrew Berry: "Darwin-Wallace Day?" UC Auditorium
Wed Feb 12   9 am - 3 pm Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth Pedestrian Walkway or UC booth (if rain)
11 am Video: Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life Hodges Library, room 213
12 pm Video: Gattaca Hodges Library, room 213
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch talk by Nick Matzke: "The Intelligent Design Debate" Buehler, room 511

Sponsors: Darwin Day Tennessee is sponsored by the Central Program Council of UT Knoxville, 90.3 The Rock WUTK, NIMBioS, and the departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, Plant Sciences, Microbiology, History, Psychology, Mathematics, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Theater, Sociology, Geography, Biosystems Engineering & Social Science, Entomology, and the College of Agricultural Sciences.



Darwin Day in Knoxville, Tennessee is a volunteer-run event dedicated to informing the public about evolution and its importance as a unifying concept in all of biology. Our goal is to disseminate factual information, in the context of a non-confrontational and rational discussion based on empirical evidence without pre-conceived ideological agendas or uncritical faith in the opinions of scientists, politicians, or clerics. In a state with past and recent legislative efforts to introduce faith-based ideologies into the science classrooms of public schools, these efforts are particularly important.

We sponsored the first Darwin Day event on February 12th of 1997, the 188th birthday of Charles Robert Darwin. Since this first Darwin Day, the annual celebration has grown to include an annual keynote speaker, a teacher's workshop, and other events.

Join Us

You can join our group by registering with the Darwin Day listserv using this link:

http://listserv.utk.edu/archives/darwin-day-tn.html. We are also looking for students to sign up as group members (this may have a significant effect on funding in the future). To do so, or to give general Darwin Day feedback, please go to here.

After signing up you will receive email updates about the organization. You will also be able to participate in online discussions about evolution, science, and education.