Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday anniversary: February 12, 2009

Birthday Celebrations on or around Campus

Darwin Day at the Texas Memorial Museum

“Sunday, February 8th from 12 pm until 5 pm for Darwin Day–a free, family-friendly special event celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.”

Life Science Library 

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Noon-1:30PM – Lunchtime demo and discussion of evolution-related videogames. Free pizza and soft drinks for the first 100 attendees!

3:00-5:00PM – Tea, Scones and Birthday Cake – Discuss Darwin’s work and Texas’ science curriculum standards. Please bring your own mug if possible. Thank you!

Online Journal Articles

Darwin’s Gifts – The Lancet

“To commemorate in 2009 the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth and 150 years since publication of On the Origin of Species, the 2008 Special Issue of The Lancet is dedicated to Darwin’s life and work and the enduring legacy of his theory of evolution. Darwin’s Gifts features a collection of 17 essays covering a range of subjects from 21st century eugenics to the representation of evolution in art. Listen to audio of Jane Godsland summarising the Special Issue.”  Also available as a FlipBook

Evolution: Education and OutreachFree Access to All Articles in 2009

“Darwin’s Theory of Evolution revolutionized scientific thinking. Since the publication of The Origin of Species, this theory has been extensively and rigorously tested. Overwhelming scientific evidence from many disciplines support this theory. This journal addresses the question of why we should care about evolution by exploring the practical applications of evolutionary principles in daily life.”

Online Books and Archival Material

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online 

” . . . contains Darwin’s complete publications, 20,000 private papers, the largest Darwin bibliography, manuscript catalogue and hundreds of supplementary works: specimens, biographies, obituaries, reviews, reference works and much more.”

Online books by Charles Darwin from

The Voyage of the Beagle
The Origin of Species
The Origin of Species – 6th Edition
The Descent of Man

Darwin Correspondence Project

“The Darwin Correspondence Project was founded in 1974 by an American scholar, Frederick Burkhardt, with the aid of Sydney Smith, a zoologist in the University of Cambridge (UK). They originally set out to locate, research, and publish summaries of, all letters written by Charles Darwin, the most celebrated naturalist of the nineteenth century. (1809-82). Following a pilot project, it was decided to include letters written to Darwin also – an unusual step for a collection of correspondence at the time, and one now widely followed – and to publish complete transcripts in chronological order.”

International Resources

Darwin Day Celebration

“On this website you can find all sorts of information about Charles Darwin and the Darwin Day Celebration.”

Blog for Darwin 

“February 12th-15th, 2009 participating bloggers around the world will be celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth (February 12th, 1809) with a BLOG SWARM, in which posts will be aggregated on BLOG FOR DARWIN to be kept as a resource for educators, students, and others.”


Darwin 200th Birthday/Darwin Day 2009 – Depauw Libraries

“This guide celebrates the life and accomplishments of Charles Darwin, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birthday, February 12, 1809.”

Darwin: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea – PBS

“Why does Charles Darwin’s “dangerous idea” matter more today than ever, and how does it explain the past and predict the future of life on Earth? The first show interweaves the drama of Darwin’s life with current documentary sequences, introducing key concepts of evolution.”

Evolving Darwin Play Set – Archie McPhee         

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