It’s been 200 years since Charles Darwin’s birth and 150 years since he published his famous treatise on natural selection but his intellectual fingerprints remain so prevalent today that he seems more of a contemporary icon than a historical figure. Our American culture and it’s meritocracy themes are so deeply rooted in the Darwin school of thought that he seems like one of us rather than the Brit that he was. I’d guess Old Chuck would be rolling over in his grave if he knew how we’ve translated his high brow scientific concepts into everything from sports to pop culture but I guess that’s the price you pay for genius. So this week Kent State University and Standing Rock Cultural Arts invite you to spend the week celebrating Darwin Day (February 12th) with a free showing of the film Gattaca in downtown Kent.
Darwin Day Events
Here’s the link to discover what Darwin Day is all about in Kent this week and here’s a sampling of the events you’ll find there:
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Graduate Symposium on Darwin and Evolution
7:00PM (followed by reception in KSC 204)
The KIVA, Kent State Student Center
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Screening of GATTACA
Professor’s Pub, 110 E. Main St.
7:30pm (under 21 welcome until 9pm or after the film)
Free and open to the public.
In cooperation with Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center
Thursday, February 12, 7pm
Ohio Senator Tom Sawyer provides a Keynote Address
Science and Technology in Ohio
Ballroom Balcony, Kent State Student Center
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
Standing Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Biology Graduate Program of Kent State University present A Film Screening of “Gattaca” as part of a week long commemoration of Darwin Day
(Charles Darwin, 1809-2009)
WHERE: Professor’s Pub, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Kent – under 21 welcome until the end of the screening
WHEN: Wednesday, February 11, 7:30pm
ADMISSION: Free and Open to the Public
About the Darwin Day Events
Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin — the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor. More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity.
Kent State University, through the efforts of the Biology Graduate Student council, is hosting a series of events designed to increase the public understanding of evolutionary processes, and to celebrate the life of this great English naturalist.
Director: Andrew Niccol
Writer (WGA): Andrew Niccol
Release Date: 24 October 1997 (USA) more
Plot: In the not-too-distant future, a less than perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a fall. With some professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. When a colleague is killed he is finally scheduled for a space mission, but a colleague suspects his origins and the police begin an investigation. Written by garykmcd
Rated PG-13 for brief violent images, language, and some sexuality.
Runtime: 106 min