Celebrate Darwin’s 200th birthday Feb. 12

Charles DarwinCharles Robert Darwin, author of the groundbreaking scientific classic On the Origin of Species, was born in 1809 in the small market town of Shrewsbury, England. SMU is celebrating the anniversary year of his birth with events, panel discussions and lectures, including the following on his birth date, Feb. 12:

  • A birthday cake reception from 4-5 p.m. in the Dallas Hall Reading Room. SMU faculty and graduate students will give testimonies on how Darwin’s legacy has affected their particular field or research. Refreshments will be provided.
  • A seminar by Fred Grinnell, professor of cell biology at UT-Southwestern Medical Center, on “Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic” at 5 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The seminar will be followed by a signing of his new book with the same title.
  • A screening of the original 1960 film version of “Inherit the Wind” starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly, presented by the Department of Cinema and Television in Meadows School of Arts. The movie – based on the real-life case in which William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow argued the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution – begins at 5:30 p.m. in Room 3531, Greer Garson Theatre.

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