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Fifth annual Darwin Week to be held at UNI

February 12, 2013

Jesse Moeller, UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers, 563-579-5666,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The fifth annual Darwin Week will be held on the University of Northern Iowa campus Feb. 18 through 21. The annual event celebrates science through a series of faculty and visiting speakers. All activities are held in UNI's Maucker Union and are free and open to the public. Each day will feature a different theme ranging from evolution to humanism.

This year's speakers include Mark Edward, former psychic entertainer and mentalist; Eugenie Scott, physical anthropologist and executive director of the National Center for Science Education; and Ed Wasserman, professor of experimental psychology at the University of Iowa.

"We're excited to provide this series of intellectual events for the students and community at UNI," said Michael Dippold, president of the UNI Freethinkers & Inquirers (UNIFI). "More than a century and a half ago, Charles Darwin's ideas changed the world. We hope that through the lectures we're hosting we can inspire our fellow students to do the same."

The event is hosted by UNIFI, a student organization for skeptics, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers. The group is dedicated to community, intellectual engagement, activism and service.

For a complete schedule of events, visit