For Darwin Day 2016 we are excited to announce the theme of Paleontology. We are pleased to announce our key note speaker for the year, Dr. Neil Shubin. Dr. Shubin is the best selling author of Your Inner Fish which also aired as a PBS series! As our keynote speaker his lecture will be on Thursday followed by a book signing!

For our teachers workshop to be successful we have invited a guest speaker, Dr. Alycia Stigall who has successfully implemented state standards into fossil lesson plans.


For an interactive map of campus, see here. Visitor parking is available at 1545 White Ave. and elsewhere on campus.
The outline below are the events of the 2016 Darwin Day, with a theme of Paleontology.

Date Time Event Location
Fri Feb 5 Various First Friday, Puppets Downtown Knoxville, TN
Tues Feb 9 10 am - 3 pm Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth Pedestrian Walkway
7 pm - 8 pm Lecture by Stephanie Drumheller-Horton, Not Just Living Fossils: Crocodylian Evolution and Diversity from the Age of Dinosaurs to the Present Room 27, Alumni Memorial Building
Wed Feb 10 10 am - 3 pm Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth Pedestrian Walkway
11:30 am -12:30 pm Dr. Sandy Kawano, Breathing Life into Fossils: Living Fishes and Salamanders Provide Clues to the Evolutionary Invasion of Land 488 Dabney Hall
7 pm - 8 pm Lecture by Dr. Blaine Schubert, From Rhinos to Mastodonts: The Gray Fossil Site of Tennessee Room 32, Alumni Memorial Building
Thurs Feb 11 10 am - 3 pm Darwin Day Tennessee Information Booth Pedestrian Walkway
11:30 am -12:30 pm Dr. Andrew Kramer, Anti-Evolutionism and Human Paleontology: A Conversation 575 Dabney Hall
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Cake Contest Lobby of Cox Memorial Auditorium
7 pm Contest Winners Announced Cox Memorial Auditorium
7 pm - 8 pm Keynote Lecture by Neil Shubin, Your Inner Fish Cox Memorial Auditorium
8 pm - 9 pm Book-signing with Neil Shubin Cox Memorial Auditorium
Fri Feb 12 4 pm - 6 pm Birthday Party for Darwin McClung Museum
Sat Feb 13 9 pm - 2 pm Teachers Workshop Claxton Education Complex #105
Sat Feb 20 10 am - 12 pm Gray Fossil Site Gray, TN
TBD TBD Field trip to explore the Early Paleozoic of Tennessee Eastern Tennessee

Sponsors: Darwin Day Tennessee is sponsored by the Central Program Council and Ready for the Worldof UT Knoxville, Dry Dredgers, Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society, NIMBioS, and the departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Psychology, Theater, Religious Studies, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science, Entomology, and the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Arts and 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.