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On Sunday, February 12, Arkansas Darwin Day will offer free film screenings at UALR Dickinson Hall Auditorium. Come and watch "The Creation" (2009) to discover more about Charles Darwin as a person and "Darwin: The Life and Legacy" (2009) to learn more about his work and how it impacts our lives today.

Creation (2009)

February 12, 2012, 1:00pm

UALR, Dickinson Hall Auditorium

From director Jon Amiel (The Singing Detective, Entrapment) and writer John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) comes CREATION. A psychological, heart-wrenching love story starring Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin, the film is based on “Annie’s Box,” a biography penned by Darwin’s great-great-grandson Randal Keynes using personal letters and diaries of the Darwin family. We take a unique and inside look at Darwin, his family and his love for his deeply religious wife, played by Jennifer Connelly , as torn between faith and science, Darwin struggles to finish his legendary book “On the Origin of Species,” which goes on to become the foundation for evolutionary biology. The film was produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, Sexy Beast) at Recorded Picture Company with BBC Films and Ocean Pictures.

Darwin: The Life and Legacy

February 12, 2012, 3:00pm

UALR, Dickinson Hall Auditorium

Part one of this BBC portrait of Charles Darwin focuses on his early life and influences tracing his maturation as a naturalist from his birth in Shrewsbury, England to the publication of his key work, the Origin of Species.
To provide a contextual base for Darwin’s revolutionary ideas, the program examines his key influences, including Thomas Malthus and Robert Edmund Grant, as well as his life changing experience as the ship naturalist on the HMS Beagle. Featuring Darwin biographers Janet Browne, James Moore, and Adrian Desmond as well as noted scholar Robert M. Young, the program will provide viewers with the personal and historic background key to understanding the work and life of Darwin.

Part two of this BBC portrait of Charles Darwin focuses on the legacy of his theories on evolution and the implications of his writings.
Using Natural Selection as a starting point, the program explores the often contentious implications of Darwin’s work including: Eugenics, Group Selection, Sociobiology, Evolutionary Psychology and Coevolution. While Darwin’s theories are central to these ideas, they each provide a basis of discourse on the far-reaching implications of what evolutionary thought can teach us about human nature. Featuring scholars Richard Dawkins (Oxford University), Adrian Desmond (University College, London), Robert Trivers (Rutgers Univerity), Edward O. Wilson (Harvard Uni
versity), Stuart Kauffman (Santa Fe Institute), and others, the program provides an academic primer for discussions on the implications of Darwin’s still controversial work

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