The J. F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution Presents:
UW-Madison's Sixth Annual Darwin Day
February 10-12, 2011
Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery
Orchard and University Ave.


This year, our Darwin Day Outreach Symposium celebrations will feature three days of workshops, short talks, a viewing of a film on Darwin, a collection of exhibits and activities for families, and several lectures relating to the theme of human evolution.

We start Thursday by hosting high school and middle school teachers for a workshop regarding tools for teaching human evolution. At noon, Alan Love, University of Minnesota, will present a talk entitled, "Darwin's Functional Reasoning, Homology, and the Structure(s) of Evolutionary Theory." Then we will listen to four short talks with discussions on evolutionary phenomena related to humans, followed that evening by a showing of the 2009 film Creation: The True Story of Charles Darwin. UW-Madison History of Science Professors Lynn Nyhart and Ron Numbers , along with Alan Love, will lead a panel discussion on the movie.

Friday evening, we will have a short reception before Jill Pruetz gives the keynote talk on savanna chimpanzees. Dr. Pruetz has worked with chimps and discovered that they not only make tools (spears), but they carry them into battle. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been featured in National Geographic as a rising scientist.

On Saturday, we will host a variety of interactive exhibits, including our multifaceted Tree of Life. The Tree is especially designed for children of all ages. In addition, John Hawks, UW-Madison, will give us insights into Neanderthals and their genomes. Karen Rosenberg, University of Delaware, will follow with a discussion of the evolution of the human birth process. We wrap it all up with a panel discussion.

This Outreach Symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the Teachers' Workshop. Parking can be found in Lot 17 or at Lake St. parking ramp for Thursday and Friday, and is free on Saturday ( For more information, contact Emily Sessa ( or 263-5473).

The UW-Madison J. F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution is particularly grateful to our sponsors for their generous support in making this event possible: Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery, UW-Madison School of Education, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Letters and Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, the University Lectures Committee, the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, the UW-Madison Center for Humanities, the UW-Madison Genome Center of Wisconsin, the Institute for Cross-College Biology Education, the UW-Madison Wisconsin Union Directorate's Distinguished Lectures Series, and the departments of: Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Botany, Entomology, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Genetics, Geoscience, History of Science, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and Zoology.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

  8:00 am 	Teacher's Workshop    Presentation by Kristin Jenkins, NESCent and
              	UW-Anthropology colleagues

  12:00 	Alan Love, U Minnesota
        	Darwin's Functional Reasoning, Homology, and the Structure(s) of
                Evolutionary Theory
  1:30-4:30 pm	Outreach Symposium featuring
            	Ryan Haasl (UW-Genetics)
                Eve Emshwiller (UW-Botany),
             	Karen Steudel (UW-Zoology)
              	Elliot Sober (UW-Philosophy), and

  7:00-10:00 pm	Creation: The True Story of Charles Darwin
              	Film showing in Wisconsin Union Play Circle Theatre
                Followed by Discussion with Lynn Nyhart and Ronald Numbers (History
          	of Science) and Alan Love (UMinn)

Friday, February 11, 2011
  6:30 pm  	Reception

  7:00 pm  	Keynote Lecture:
              	Jill Pruetz, Iowa State University   
            	Ecology and behavior of Savanna Chimpanzees at Fongoli, Senegal

Saturday, February 12, 2011

  9 am-2 pm	Tree of Life activities
  10:30 am 	John Hawks, UW-Madison Anthropology
             	Neanderthal genomes: Meet Your Inner Caveman
  12:30 pm	Karen Rosenberg, University of Delaware
                The Evolution of the Human Birth Process
  1:30 pm 	Wrap-up Panel Discussion with speakers