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Born on February 12, 1809, Charles Darwin revolutionized the understanding of plant, animal, and human origins during his lifetime, and has had major, lasting impact on the field of biology ever since. Some 150 years after the release of his On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Center for Inquiry-Austin gathers every February to celebrate Darwin’s birthday. Who better than Charles Darwin to exemplify the principles of scientific inquiry, for which CFI stands? He devoted his life to the search for truth—examining, gathering, and analyzing enormous amounts of data on his trips around the world, formulating hypotheses about his findings, and undertaking rigorous experimentation to test his hypotheses.

On Saturday, February 13, 2016 from noon to 5pm, the Center for Inquiry-Austin presented a FREE event to celebrate the 207th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. There was something for everyone—fun learning activities for children and teens, fascinating lectures for adults, and professional development credit for teachers. 

Enlightening Speakers

Andrew Ellington is the Keynote speaker on the topic, "Evolution in the Test Tube and in the Wild."
Clare Wuellner, "Redefining Morality: An Evolutionary Explanation."
Trivia Contest

Kids Presentations

"The Life of Ants" Alex Wild
"How the Whales Walked Into the Sea" book reading, Faith McNulty
"Why are Peacocks so Pretty and Warthogs so Ugly?" Claire Wuellner
"Little Changes" book reading, Tiffany Taylor
"How Animal Teeth Reveal What They Eat" Stephanie Martin
"How Spiders Went Crazy: The Big Secret", Joe Lapp
UT Paleo Lab Presentation

Interactive Activities

Researchers from UT’s Vertebrate Paleontology Lab will have hands-on displays and demonstrations. Younger and older kids will be able to participate in fun activities that include crafts, games, and videos.

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting science education!

Secular Texas
Matt Slaughter
Jeff Kodosky
Matt & Peggy Winkler
Victor & Gloria Shami
Patrick Draper
Abhir Joshi
UT Vertibrate Paleontology Lab
Texas Memorial Museum
Environmental Science Institute

Lecture Videos

"Redefining Morality: An Evolutionary Explanation" by Clare Wuellner, Ph D

Why Are Peacocks so Pretty and Warthogs so Ugly?

"Evolution In the Test Tube and In the Wild" by Prof. Andrew Ellington

Life of Ants

CFI-Austin Videos

  • Dr. Edward Marcotte, “Bleeding Yeast and Deaf Plants”

About Us

Center for Inquiry-Austin is a secular community dedicated to fostering science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values in our communities and society.

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