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EIU’s Darwin Days to feature “Climate Change and Evolutionary Crisis”; On-campus activities, special guests scheduled for February 9-11 events



(Charleston, IL) – In celebration of Charles Darwin’s birthday and his collective contributions to science, Eastern Illinois University will host a three-day event to celebrate the university’s 18th annual “Darwin Days” festivities, being held this month.

EIU’s 18th annual Darwin Days theme is “Climate Change and Evolutionary Crisis.” Through a feature film, panel discussion, and two stimulating lectures, participants can expect to more broadly expand their understanding of modern evolution, climate change and environmental sex determination.

The Darwin Days Program is an annual event commemorated by at EIU alongside hundreds of churches, museums, educational organizations and science research institutions around the globe. The event pays tribute to Charles Darwin’s birthday and science’s ever-growing knowledge in part to his hand in revolutionary research in evolution.

EIU’s Darwin Days events are all free and open to the public, and include:

  • Sunday, February 9
    Film viewing of “Planetary” by Bullfrog Films
    Following will be a panel discussion with a variety of EIU professors. Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall, 7 p.m.

  • Monday, February 10
    “Evolution in a Rapidly Changing World: How Humans Influence Darwinian Evolution in Contemporary Landscapes” presented by Dr. Jill Anderson. Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall, 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, February 11
    “Climate Change and Environmental Sex Determination: An Unnatural Future?” presented by Dr. Fredric Janzen. Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall, 7 p.m.

For more information about EIU, or to learn more about its growing assortment of programs and services, visit the university’s website at, or call EIU’s public information office at (217) 581-7400.



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