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Cooper Center Celebrates Darwin's 205th Birthday

Jan. 29, 2014

It's a celebration in honor of Charles Darwin, the naturalist and geologist known for his contributions to evolutionary theory.

Campus and community members are invited to celebrate Darwin's 205th birthday from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the Portola Pavilion of the Titan Student Union.

In addition to cake served to attendees, the event will feature:

  • "Darwin Voyaging 'Round the World on the Beagle," presented by Jere Lipps, director of the Cooper Center
  • "Darwin and Evolutionary Thought," presented by James R. Hofmann, CSUF chair and professor of liberal studies
  • "Darwin and the Human Condition," presented by Marianne Waters, professor of anthropology at El Camino College

Also in the works is a Darwin design contest.

"Darwin was interested in a variety of animals, plants, geology and many other topics," said Lipps. "He wrote books on orchids, worms, barnacles, volcanoes, coral reefs, fossils, geology and humans, as well as 'The Origin of the Species' and 'Descent of Man.' Many possible ideas can come from his writings, trips and specimens.

"Entrants for the contest should develop a design that can be used on a poster, T-shirt or website that exemplifies Darwin's interests," he said.

A pdf of the design should be submitted to the Cooper Center by Saturday, Feb. 8. The winning designers (and friends) will get a tour of the Cooper Center to see, firsthand, the fossils and artifacts.

The two-hour program, co-sponsored by the colleges of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Humanities and Social Sciences, was organized by the John D. Cooper Center for Archeology and Paleontology Curation, a partnership between CSUF and the County of Orange. 

For more information on the event or the design competition, visit the Cooper Center website

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