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Arkansas Darwin Day 2012 is a joint effort of universities and community organizations to host a multi-disciplinary scientific conference and series of science-oriented educational and social events in Little Rock and across the State.

The main purpose of the event is to celebrate Charles Darwin’s achievements and examine their effects; build awareness of evolutionary science; examine the transformation of Darwin’s ideas over the past 150 years; uphold science education and research; and promote science and evidence-based decision-making in all areas of life. More generally, Darwin Day celebrates the advancement of humanity made possible by scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity.

Darwin Day will include a variety of activities that will be free and open to the public. The centerpiece of the event will be a conference, hosted by UALR, on Saturday, February 11, 2012. The conference will include a series of lectures, including a keynote speech by Dr. Kevin Padian; student research and poster presentations and awards, science laboratory tours, and workshops. In addition, the Mid-America Science Museum will offer visitors interactive activities that relate to evolution and observation skills. Darwin Day will also include free documentary screenings on scientific topics.

Arkansas Darwin Day 2012 will lay the foundation for a continuing tradition of an annual science-focused multidisciplinary event that will enrich life in Arkansas.

Arkansas Darwin Day 2012 Events

Darwin Day Conference 2012
UALR Science Laboratories Tours
Mid-America Science Museum
Art of Science and Science of Art Contest
Socrates Café

Darwin Day Dinner and Party

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Friday, February 10, 2012


Clinton School of Public Service, Dr. Kevin Padian, "Evolution, Education, and 'Intelligent Design':

Lessons from the 2005 Trial in Dover, PA"

*Reserve your seats by emailing [email protected] , or calling 501-683-5239.

Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall

5:00pm – 8:30pm

Darwin Day Art Contest Reception and Awards

Awards Ceremony: 7:30pm

Canvas Community Gallery, 1111 West 7th St., Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Events for Children and Families

9:00am – 5:00pm

UALR Science Laboratory Tours, activity station presented by the Discovery Museum, Fossils and Dinosaurs (activities for all ages) . Lab tours will be closed during the keynote address between 1:00pm and 2:30pm.

UALR, Science Lab Building, 1st floor

11:00am – 3:00pm

Mid-America Science Museum, Darwin Day activities for children and families

Mid America Science Museum, Hot Springs

Darwin Day Conference


Opening Remarks

Introduction of the Keynote Speaker

UALR, EIT Building, Auditorium


Dr. Kevin Padian, University of California, Berkeley

"What Darwin Said (And Did not Say)"

Question and Answer Session with the Keynote Speaker

UALR, EIT Building, Auditorium



Dr. Joseph M. Plavcan, University of Arkansas

“How Evolutionary Biology and Studies of Human Evolution Impact our Understanding of Ourselves”

UALR, EIT Building, Auditorium


Dr. Janet Lanza, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, “Mechanisms of Evolution“

UALR, EIT Building, Auditorium


Dr. Scott Austin, University of Central Arkansas,

“Evidence for the Age of Earth and the Age of the Universe”

UALR, EIT Building, Auditorium


Closing Remarks, Presentation of Awards

UALR, EIT Building, Auditorium


Darwin Day Dinner and Reception

(registration required)

Copper Grill

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Creation (2009) - film

UALR Dickinson Hall Auditorium


Darwin: The Life and Legacy (2009) – film

UALR Dickinson Hall Auditorium

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