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Darwin Week events include music, film, readings

January  16, 2013

This painting is the earliest picture known of Charles Darwin, here age 7. (Wikipedia Commons)

The Augustana Darwin Club will sponsor Darwin Week Jan. 21-26 commemorating the 204th birthday of English naturalist Charles Darwin, born Feb. 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, England.

Darwin events take place worldwide as Feb. 12 approaches. The International Darwin Day Foundation says the events express gratitude for the "enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity."

Augustana events include:

Monday, Jan. 21: "Nature Reads" at 7 p.m. in Olin 304. Professors and students will share their favorite accounts of the beauty of nature in literature readings.

Tuesday, Jan. 22: The weekly Tuesday Reflection topic will be "God and the Natural World." Tuesday Reflection is a brief service, from 11:30-11:50 a.m., in Ascension Chapel, offering music, scripture reading, a short reflection, and quiet.

Wednesday, Jan. 23: Dr. Paul Olsen will speak on "In the Beginning... What? Darwin and the Romantic Poets" at 7 p.m. in Olin 304.

Thursday, Jan. 24: The Darwin Club will show the documentary "180 Degrees South." about the journey of Jeff Johnson as he travels from Ventura, California, to Patagonia, Chile.

Saturday, Jan. 26: The Darwin Club will sponsor the musical celebration "Chuckfest" from 6-9 p.m. in the College Center Loft, featuring performances by Stumpy, The Monkey Wrench Gang, and Naughty Triceratops.

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