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Born February 12th 1809, Charles Darwin is best known as the father of evolutionary theory. His work including On The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man, formed the foundation of the theory of natural selection, which has shaped modern biological and anthropological thinking. We come together not only to celebrate the man, but to also celebrate the intellectual legacy that is the result of his early insights.

With our Love Letters to Science campaign, we celebrate not only Darwin as the father of evolutionary theory, but all of our passions for science. Join us in Gardner Commons on the 2nd floor outside the Student Success Center to write your own Love Letter to Science from Feb 1st - Feb 13th. 

Darwin Day Kiosk

Letters will be displayed outside NHMU Swaner Forum 

Additional Love Letters found at:


Schedule of Talks and Events:

NHMU Swaner Forum

1:30pm  -  Dr. Tyler Faith, Department of Anthropology 

          It must have swarmed with great monsters:
          7 million years of extinctions and ecological change in Africa    

Tom Kraft

2:15pm  -  Dr. Thomas S. Kraft , Department of Anthropology   

          Standing small: the evolution of the human pygmy phenotype
Jason Cryan

3:15pm  -  Dr. Jason Cryan, NHMU  

          Investigating the Tree of Life: one facet of Darwin's legacy



Kristen Hawkes

Keynote 4:00pm  -  Dr. Kristen Hawkes, Department of Anthropology

Why Us, Not Them? the centrality of ancestral grandmothers in human evolution


Additional Evolution Themed Activities and Presentations will occur Throughout the day at NHMU's Canyon


Darwin Day Event Flyer

Last Updated: 2/9/23