Iowa City Darwin Day Events

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

Friday, March 3

  • 9:00–10:30 a.m. — Roundtable discussion with Anne Fausto-Sterling, DeLTA Center (S204 Lindquist)
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. — Science and Social Justice: A lunchtime discussion with feminist biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling, 704 Jefferson Building
  • 2:00 p.m. — Darwin Day Poster Session + Reception, Kollros Auditorium, Biology Building
  • 3:00 p.m. — Anne Fausto-Sterling: "Acquiring Gender: From Baby in a Yellow Hat to Gender Identity and Expression," Kollros Auditorium, Biology Building

Dynamic systems theory highlights the importance of evolution in shaping our capacity for development and helps explain how cultural difference becomes bodily difference. This talk describes my current research program which applies dynamic systems theory to the study of the emergence of gender differences, gender identity, and human sexuality.

  • 3:45 p.m. — Richard Wrangham: "Self-domestication in bonobos and humans," Kollros Auditorium, Biology Building
  • 4:30 p.m. — Intermission/Reception
  • 4:45 p.m. — Rosemary and Peter Grant: "In Search of the Causes of Evolution," Kollros Auditorium, Biology Building

Saturday, March 4

  • 9:00 a.m. — Opening Reception (coffee and pastries), Macbride Auditorium, Macbride Hall
  • 9:30 a.m. — Mary Kosloski: "Crushing Crabs and Sinistral Snails: How a Super Predator Changed Snail Shape," Macbride Auditorium, Macbride Hall
  • 10:00 a.m. — Rosemary and Peter Grant: "40 Years of Evolution. A Long-term Study of Darwin's Finches in Galápagos," Macbride Auditorium, Macbride Hall
  • 11:00 a.m. — Richard Wrangham: "How Cooking Made us Human," Macbride Auditorium, Macbride Hall
  • 12:00 p.m. — Anne Fausto-Sterling: "Evolution and Gender in the 21st Century," Macbride Auditorium, Macbride Hall

In an era of alternative facts, fake news, and political leaders who reject evolutionary theory and climate change research, it seems imperative to defend science. But even in this historical moment feminists and anti-racists engage in a vigorous critique of mainstream science and the politics of knowledge production. How is it possible to defend science against know-nothing attacks from the right while still engaging the battle to improve the quality of scientific knowledge production via trenchant critique from the left? This talk engages in a critical exploration of research on the evolution of sex and gender to find out what it can teach us about developing an ethically responsible, politically conscious understanding of how science works. Without such critique and debate within science it will be hard to develop the unity needed to defend against assaults from without.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Iowa City Darwin Day was founded in 2007 exclusively for charitable, scientific and education purposes. The purpose of the organization is to recognize and show appreciation for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity by organizing educational and social activities in and around Iowa City, annually on or about the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth,
February 12.

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, Brown University Professor Emerita and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is one of the keynote speakers for this year's Darwin Day events. Fausto-Sterling is known for her work in various areas of evolution and development, including her criticism of the nature vs. nurture dichotomy, her study of the relationship between science and gender, and her research in the area of childhood gender differentiation. She is the author of three books, including Sexing the Body and Myths of GenderRead her full bio here.