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Darwin Week 2014

Darwin Week is an annual event sponsored by the UNI Freethinkers & Inquirers to promote critical thinking and reason. Faculty speakers will present at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 10 and 12; and at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 13. Keynote lectures are at 7 p.m. each evening. Topics are: skepticism, science, activism and sexuality. Visit for more information.

MLK Day Guest Lecture: Marcia Riggs

Marcia Y. Riggs, lecturer, author and researcher, will deliver a lecture in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Riggs is the J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Theology Master’s Program at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. Her passion is studying the relationship between social oppression and socio-religious ethical praxis, and ethical discourse that bridges the gap between womanist religious scholarship and the church’s practice of ministry.

Darwin Week 2012

Darwin Week is a weeklong celebration of science and critical thought in honor of Charles Darwin's birthday. It will include four days of talks with faculty speakers during the day and a keynote each night at 7:00 pm. The themes for each day include Skepticism, Sexuality, Diversity, and Origins. All events are free and open to the public. 

Darwin Week: Education

The last day of Darwin Week features speakers presenting on topics related to education.

12:30 p.m.: “Building a Culture of Inquiry” by Theron J. Hitchman

2 p.m.: "Darwin, Dewey, and a Contemporary Theory of Education" by Jerry Soneson

3:30 p.m.: “The Rhetoric of School Reform” by Deborah Gallagher

7 p.m.:  “Teaching Evolution in a Climate of Controversy” by Eugenie Scott

Darwin Week: Science

The third day of Darwin Week will feature speakers presenting on topics related to science.

2 p.m.: “Evolution of Feathers: an account of how developmental process predicted the fossil record” by Peter Brerendzen

3 p.m.: “How and when does a unique human life begin?” by Darrell Wiens

4 p.m. “Using evolutionary theory to explain attitudes toward leaders” by Christopher Larimer

7 p.m.:  “Minding Machines” by Ed Wasserman

Darwin Week: Humanism

Darwin week continues with speakers presenting on humanism.

12:30 p.m.: “Woman Suffrage Parades and Protests: Resisting Violence” by Catherine Palczewski

2 p.m.: “Interpreting the God Metaphor” by Harry Brod

3:30 p.m.: “What Humanism Really Means” by Michael Blackwell

7 p.m.: “Human Ethics and Dignity” by William Clohesy


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