Skip to main content

Film Finders: Exploring Special Topics: Darwin Day Celebration

28 Films for Black History Month, compiled by the New York Times in 2018.

Darwin Day Celebration

Vision (from, February 12

International Darwin Day will inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin. It will be a day of celebration, activism, and international cooperation for the advancement of science, education, and human well-being.

Organizations and businesses will celebrate by engaging in community outreach centered around science as a tool for the betterment of humanity.

Darwin Day will be observed by the United Nations and its members as an opportunity for international partnerships through the common language of science for the common good of all.


* Celebrate Intellectual Bravery * Celebrate Perpetual Curiosity * Celebrate Hunger for Truth *


For 2018 Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories events celebrating Darwin Day on campus, visit:

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

David Attenborough explores the life and theories of Charles Darwin, while linking Darwin's journeys to Attenborough's own. The documentary ends with a discussion of the contributions Darwin made to modern scientific thought and theory.

Available on DVD.

Darwin’s Darkest Hour

When Charles Darwin's life's work is in danger of being scooped by Alfred Wallace, one of his children is stricken by scarlet fever and one with diphtheria. His wife, Emma, is his rock, helping him through the turmoil. A feature film adaptation of the human story behind the publication of one of history's most influential theories.

Inherit the Wind










The controversial subject of evolution versus creation causes two polar opposites to engage in one explosive battle of beliefs. Attorney Clarence Darrow faces off against fundamentalist leader William Jennings Bryan in a small Tennessee town where a teacher has been brought to trial for teaching Darwinism.

Available on DVD.

What Darwin Never Knew

What Darwin Never KnewThe source of the earth's great variety of animals was a scientific mystery until Charles Darwin proposed the idea of natural selection. Nova presents breakthroughs in a new science nicknamed "evo devo" that are linking the enigma of origins to another of nature's mysteries, the development of embryos.

Available on DVD and streaming.

2016 Darwin Day Proclamation

Journey of Man

How did the human race populate the world? A group of geneticists have worked on the question for a decade, arriving at a startling conclusion: the "global family tree" can be traced to one African man who lived 60,000 years ago. Dr. Spencer Wells hosts this series, featuring commentary by expert scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists.

Available on DVD and Streaming.

Evolution: Darwin's Dangerous Idea

This episode interweaves the drama in key moments of Darwin's life with documentary sequences of current research, linking past to present and introducing major concepts of evolutionary theory. It explores why Darwin's "dangerous idea" might matter even more today than it did in his own time, and reveals how science might be used to explain the past and predict the future of life on earth.


Darwin's Secret Notebooks

Evolutionary biologist Armand Leroi uncovers the evidence behind Darwin's Theory of Evolution, going beyond the Galapagos to explore forgotten shores to witness the creatures, fossils and places that captivated the young naturalist's imagination.

Available on DVD.

Kansas vs. Darwin

Explores the controversy over the teaching of evolution and intelligent design in Kansas public schools, using footage from hearings before the Board of Education and interviews with people on both sides of the issue.

Available on DVD and streaming.

No Dinosaurs in Heaven

Examines the evolution/creationism controversy through discussions among teachers on an expedition through the Grand Canyon, interspersed with interviews with students from a City College of New York class where creationism was taught rather than evolution and short animated sequences.

Available on DVD and streaming.

What Darwin Didn’t Know









This BBC special confirms how the advance of science has exonerated Darwin's theory of evolution and gives an historical understanding of Darwin's world, and of his legacy to the scientists who followed him -- a generation that discovered modern science by embracing Darwin's heretical ideas.

Available Streaming.

The Genius of Charles Darwin










In this three-part series, Darwin's passionate disciple, popular author and biologist Richard Dawkins examines evolution and its legacy, confronts Darwin's doubters head-on, and explains natural selection in clear, straightforward terms.

Available on DVD.










Based on Annie's Box, a biography penned by Charles Darwin's great-great-grandson Randal Keynes, using personal letters and diaries of the Darwin family, Creation takes a unique look at Darwin, his family and his love for his deeply religious wife.  

Available on DVD.

Charles Darwin: February 12, 1809 - April 19, 1882

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."