‘Darwin Aloud’ Celebrates ‘Origin of Species’ Author’s 200th Birthday


For Immediate Release: February 10, 2009
Contact: Henry Huber, Assistant Director of Communications
press@centerforinquiry.org - (207) 358-9785

Global Video Project Begins in Hollywood

On Thursday, Feb. 12, the

Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles

will begin compiling video and film segments submitted from all over the world in tribute to science pioneer Charles Darwin. The footage will show scientists, teachers, and others reading from

The Origin of Species

, Darwin’s publication of the Theory of Evolution—the comprehensive and unifying concept

that explains how

all life on Earth is connected, and has evolved to its present magnificence over millions of years.

This global gesture of the science community’s solidarity with Darwin will be a part of worldwide celebrations honoring the father of the Theory of Evolution’s 200th birthday. The theory itself turns 150 this year. To learn more about the Darwin Aloud project, including how best to read, film, and submit a segment, visit

www.cfiwest.org/darwinaloud

.

“Despite overwhelming evidence in support of evolution, Darwin’s theory has seen a lot of resistance and even hostility, especially in the past few decades,” said James Underdown, creator of the project. “We in the pro-science community want to make it clear that the whole world supports Darwin’s idea—regardless of background or location.”

Darwin Aloud will feature individuals in many countries reading from the poetic last chapter of

The Origin of Species

, Darwin’s revolutionary book, first published in 1859. Participants will echo the groundbreaking scientist’s 19th century work in front of both famous and rarely seen landmarks in their own corners of the Earth. The footage will be assembled into a short film to be released this spring.

In enthusiastic observance of the bicentennial and sesquicentennial celebrations of Darwin’s birth and published theory, the Center for Inquiry will also be sponsoring Darwin Day events throughout the world. Visit our

Darwin Day celebrations

page for an updated list of events in North America.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact:

James Underdown

Executive Director

Center for Inquiry—Los Angeles

Phone: (323) 666-9797, ext. 101

Cell: (213) 434-1545

E-mail:

JimU@cfiwest.org

The Center for Inquiry/Transnational, a nonprofit, educational, advocacy, and scientific-research think tank based in Amherst, New York, is also home to the Council for Secular Humanism, founded in 1980;and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP), founded in 1976. The Center for Inquiry’s research and educational projects focus on two broad areas: religion, ethics, and society; and paranormal and fringe-science claims. The Center’s Web site is


www.centerforinquiry.net




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