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Darwin Days 2017: Exploring Human Evolution

Darwin Days 2017: Exploring Human Evolution

What does it mean to be human? How did humans evolve in the past, and how are we evolving now? When and where did major points in our evolution happen, and why is it important?

Learn the answers to all of these questions and more with the Paleontological Research Institution and Tompkins County Public Library through “Darwin Days 2017: Exploring Human Evolution."

Featuring family-friendly activities, film screenings, guest speakers and more, join us for our annual celebration of the life and ideas of Charles Darwin, February 12th-18th.

Visit www.priweb.org/DarwinDays for a full schedule of events. Presented as part of "Ithaca Explores Human Origins: A Three-Month Exploration of What It Means To Be Human.”

Event Title: “Inherit the Wind” at Cinemapolis

Date: Sunday, February 12th

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Cinemapolis

Description: 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 will be available for purchase at www.cinemapolis.org.

Event Title: Panel Discussion - Exploring Human Origins: The Evolution of Social Behavior

Date: Monday, February 13th

Time: 7:00pm

Location: History Center in Tompkins County

Description: 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.

Event Title: Hominid Reconstruction in Paleoart with Science Cabaret

Date: Wednesday, February 15th

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Coltivare

Description: As part of Darwin Days 2017, join us and Science Cabaret for a night focused on the combination of art and science in the field of hominid paleoart. PRI Director Warren Allmon will give a special introduction to the topic. This event is free to attend, no RSVP required.

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

Date: Thursday, February 16th

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Cornell University, Goldwin Smith Hall Room G64 (Kaufman Auditorium)

Description: 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.

Event Title: Darwin’s Trivia Challenge

Date: Friday, February 17th

Time: 7:00pm

Location: The Rhine House

Description: 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.

Event Title: Paleolithic Family Day

Date: Saturday, February 18th

Time: TBD

Location: Cayuga Nature Center

Description: 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 a program on flint knapping by Professor Sebastien Lacombe (Binghamton University) and on Stone Age butchery and cooking by Associate Professor Maureen Costura (Culinary Institute of America).

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

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

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