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Third annual Darwin Week to be held at UNI

February 1, 2011

Trevor Boeckmann, UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers, 319-322-8738,

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The third annual Darwin Week, scheduled in conjunction with the 202nd birthday of Charles Darwin, will be held on the University of Northern Iowa campus Feb. 7-11. 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 sexuality.

This year's speakers include Greta Cristina, sexuality and atheism blogger; Hector Avalos, professor of religious studies at Iowa State University; Mark Blumberg, professor of psychology at the University of Iowa; and Dan Barker, minister turned atheist and co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

The event is hosted by UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers, 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.

"With this celebration of Darwin's birth, we hope to raise awareness of his work and how it has influenced science, religion and society in general," said David Whitsett, advisor for UNI Free Thinkers and Inquirers.

For a complete schedule of events, visit