DARWIN DAY is an international celebration of science and scientific knowledge of the natural world held on or around Charles Darwin’s birthday, February 12. On February 19, 2021, the first statewide Darwin Day CT Celebration will be a FREE online Event with the generous support of member organizations of The CT Coalition of Reason and others.
James Prosek, internationally acclaimed artist, author, naturalist, conservationist, and Easton, Connecticut resident will be the speaker. He will speak on "The Nature of Reproducing Nature: From Drawing to Naming to Mimicry.” Prosek is a unique visual artist who is attempting to build bridges with the worlds of natural science and the humanities just as E.O. Wilson attempted in his conversations with Poet Laureate Robert Hass. His February exhibition at the Yale Gallery of Art titled Art, Artifact and Artifice is a collaboration with the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale where he is a curatorial affiliate. His art has been shown in galleries and museums around the U.S. and world including the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the National Academy of Sciences. A live Q&A with James Prosek will follow immediately after his presentation.
This year’s online event will also include audience participation in a challenging science quiz.
This will be the 13th annual DARWIN DAY in Fairfield County. In 2009, a group of dedicated teachers, citizens, and scientists from Fairfield county came together to organize a dinner featuring a noted scientist to commemorate the anniversary of the publication of The Origin of the Species and 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Each year since, the Fairfield county dinner has gained in popularity and now has a loyal following of 175 curious citizens and science advocates. Perhaps you are one of them.