February 12th is the birthday of Charles Darwin, and “Darwin Day” is a global celebration of science and reason. This will be the 5th celebration in Saskatoon and the 3rd year that the Saskatchewan Minister of Education has recognised February 12 as Darwin Day in Saskatchewan!
The University of Saskatchewan Freethought Alliance, Saskatoon Skeptics and Centre for Inquiry Saskatchewan are proud to host the annual Darwin Day celebration in Saskatoon on February 12 from 7-10 pm.
Come and help us celebrate Darwin’s 205th birthday with 2 presentations followed by discussions. Speakers this year are paleontologist Frank McDougall and biologist Tracy Marchant. Tracy Marchant’s talk, “The Animal Tree of Life”, will focus on the changes in our understanding of evolution, particularly of vertebrates, since Darwin’s time. Frank McDougall will speak on how the geography of the Cypress Hills Uplands area affected the flora and fauna in that area.
Birthday cake and coffee will be available and the Museum of Natural Sciences is nearby for touring and working on a scavenger hunt.
Schedule of Events (subject to change):
6:30 pm Doors open
7:00 pm Introduction & 1st Presentation
8:15 pm Birthday Cake & Coffee; Museum Touring
8:45 pm 2nd Presentation
10:00 pm Pub Discussion (anyone interested can join us for further discussion & cheer – at nearby Alexander’s Restaurant)
You are welcome to attend all or any part of the event.
Donations are welcome and appreciated. Suggested donation: $10 (not required). Charitable donations to the Centre for Inquiry Saskatchewan are eligible for a tax receipt if contact information is provided.
Come out for an evening celebrating science!
If you are not familiar with campus, please have a look at this map.
Here are some parking suggestions that are near the biology building. Most should have a maximum of $4.00 to park there in the evening.
- Lot 5 beneath Agriculture Building
- Lot 1 across from Place Riel
- Lot 8 by Physics
- F lot beside the education building
- G lot behind Thorvalson
- Meters will cost $1/hr with a 4 hour maximum
We are looking for volunteers to help with the following tasks:
1) Putting up posters – ASAP
2) Event set-up – 6:15pm Feb 12
3) Event assistance (e.g. door greeter, sales table, display table, speaker contact at event) – during event Feb 12
4) Event clean-up – 9:45-10:15pm Feb 12 (some may be done during the last lecture, so that we can get out and to the pub discussion promptly;)
Please email Kendra if you are able to help out in any way.