Schedule of Events

Darwin Days 2017

Schedule of Events

  • Sunday, Feb 12

    Inherit the Wind at Cinemapolis

    2 pm | Cinemapolis, Ithaca

    Join the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) and Cinemapolis for a screening of the 1960 film Inherit the Wind, a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial. PRI Director Warren Allmon will give a short introduction to the film and the trial’s significance to the teaching of evolution.

    Tickets to the showing are $7 and are available for purchase online and the day of the screening at Cinemapolis.

  • Monday, Feb 13

    Panel Discussion — Exploring Human Origins: The Evolution of Social Behavior

    7 pm | History Center of Tompkins County, Ithaca

    Researchers from Ithaca College and Cornell University will speak on the evolution and history of primate and hominin social behavior. Rob Ross, PRI Associate Director of Outreach, will provide a brief introduction to the topic and speakers for the evening. Panelists will discuss their own experiences or interests in the topic, and then will take questions from the audience for open discussion. Panelists will include: Lisa Corewyn (Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College), Jennifer Muller (Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College), and Tom Volman (Department of Anthropology, Cornell).

    This panel discussion is free to attend, no RSVP required.

  • Wednesday, Feb 15

    Ancient Faces: The Art of Showing Human Evolution at Science Cabaret

    7 pm | Coltivare, 235 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca

    The history of artistic and scientific attempts to depict our ancient relatives is fraught with biases. PRI Director Warren Allmon will delve into the rich artistic history of the exploration of the human origin. More...

  • Thursday, Feb 16

    Keynote Presentation by Dr. Ian Tattersall: The Pensive Primate: Origins of Modern Human Cognition

    6 pm | Cornell University, Goldwin Smith Hall Room G64 (Kaufman Auditorium)

    Ian Tattersall, paleoanthropologist and curator emeritus with the American Museum of Natural History, traces the major events in human physical and cognitive evolution over the last 4-plus million years, with an eye to asking the question "how and when did we become fully human?" The key innovation that distinguished the first behaviorally modern humans appears to have been that of symbolic reasoning and thought, which may have been stimulated by the invention of language.

    This keynote presentation is free to attend, no RSVP required.

  • Friday, Feb 17

    Darwin’s Trivia Challenge

    7 pm | The Rhine House, Ithaca

    Test your knowledge on Darwin and evolution through eight rounds of science, biology, and evolution- based trivia questions for teams of up to 6 people. Prizes will be provided to the first and second place winning teams!

    Trivia Night is free to attend, no RSVP required.

  • Paleolithic Family Day: 10am to 2:30pm o o o
  • Saturday, Feb 18

    Paleolithic Family Day

    10 am - 2:30 pm | Cayuga Nature Center, Ithaca

    Paleolithic Family Day will be a fun, family-friendly educational event as part of Darwin Days 2017: Exploring Human Evolution. Discover Paleolithic culture through arts and crafts, educational displays, and special presentations suitable for all ages. Our special guest presentations will include:

    • 10am: Flint Knapping Demo with Professor Sebastien Lacombe (Binghamton University)
    • Noon: Stone Age Butchery and Cooking Demo with Associate Professor Maureen Costura (Culinary Institute of America)
    • 2:00: Open questions

    Paleolithic Family Day is included with regular admission and is free for members, no RSVP required.

With Support From: New York State Council for the Humanities, Tompkins Country Tourism Program, Derek and Leora Kaufman Charitable Fund, Cornell University, and Discovery Trail