January 30, 2008

Darwin Day Celebrations at Florida State University

With all the bad, sad news from Florida and FSU these days, it's nice to post something positive once in awhile. Here's a plug for a couple of events scheduled at Florida State University in celebration of Charles Darwin's upcoming 199th birthday.

First, members of FSU's Union of Freethinking Students will be reading from Darwin's works on Friday, February 8 from 10 AM until 3 PM on the quad in front of Strozier Library:

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WHEN: Friday, February 8th, 2008, 10am – 3pm

WHERE: In front of Strozier Library on the grassy nole

AKA: The place where the Evangelical Gentleman now preaches

Presented by:

The Union of Freethinking Students

Wishing you a Happy Darwin Day!!!
On February 9, the Center for Inquiry will be presenting a day-long event at the FSU College of Medicine from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Speakers include Eugenie Scott, Sir Harold Kroto and Michael Ruse and there are even activities for the kiddies. How often do children get the opportunity to play with buckeyballs under the supervision of a Nobel-winning chemist?

With all of the Creationist nonsense and the slashing of higher education budgets that have been going on in Florida in the past few months, it's good to know that events like these are going on. I wish I could be at both of them; I'm a past UFS member and put together the first Darwin Day event sponsored by the group. Economics and responsibilities will be keeping me in Massachusetts this year, though.

If you're in the vicinity of Tallahassee, please try and make it to one or both of these events. It's a good opportunity to show support for science and science education and maybe learn something new while you're at it.

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