Darwin Day

Today is Darwin Day - the anniversary of Darwin's birth. 2008 is the 199th anniversary so next year there are going to be major bicentenart celebrations. BGCI will be theming journal issues around Darwin as 2009 is also the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species.

Events on Darwin Day are diverse and botanic gardens have lots of scope to get involved. let us know if you are holding an event in your botanic garden - leave a comment on this post.

Wikipedia offers this info:

"Events have included dinner parties with special recipes for primordial soup and other inventive dishes, protests with boards of education and government bodies, workshops and symposia, distribution of information by people in ape costumes, lectures and debates, essay and art competitions, concerts, poetry readings, plays, artwork, comedy routines, reenactments of the Scopes Trial and of the debate between Thomas H. Huxley and Bishop Wilberforce, library displays, museum exhibits, travel and educational tours, recreations of the journey of the HMS Beagle, church sermons, movie nights, outreach, nature hikes, and more. The Darwin Day Celebration Website offers free registration and display to all Darwin Day events."

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