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Fourth annual Darwin Week to be held at UNI

February 2, 2012

Cory Derringer, president, UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers, 515-418-8886,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The fourth annual Darwin Week will be held on the University of Northern Iowa Campus Feb. 13 through 16. The annual event celebrates science through a series of faculty and visiting speakers. All activities are held in UNI's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) and are free and open to the public. Each day will feature a different theme including skepticism, sexuality, diversity and origins.

This year's speakers include Joe Nickell, world-renowned investigator of the paranormal; Clint Kelly, professor of biology at Iowa State University; Jamila Bey, National Public Radio journalist and secular activist in the diverse atheist movement; and Lawrence Krauss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology theoretical physicist graduate and professor of physics at Arizona State University.

The event is hosted by UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI), a campus student organization affiliated with the Center for Inquiry, a transnational organization that encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism and society.

"Darwin Week provides an opportunity for students to hear interesting and engaging talks outside of the classroom," said Cory Derringer, president of UNIFI. "It's a celebration of education, in the true spirit of a university."

For a complete schedule of events, visit