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Darwin Day Celebration

International Darwin Day symbol-yellow & black bird in a circle

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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 *


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picture of an older Charles Darwin

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

cameo pictures of Charles Darwin from child to old man"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."

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

Cover of Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, David Attenborough next to statue of Darwin

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


Creation DVD cover

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

Darwin’s Darkest Hour

Darwin's Darkest Hour DVD coverWhen 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. A feature film adaptation of the human story behind the publication of one of history's most influential theories.

Darwin's Secret Notebooks

Cover of Darwin's Secret NotebooksEvolutionary 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

Evolution: Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Cover of Darwin's Dangerous IdeaDocumentary sequences of current research links past to present and introducing major concepts of evolutionary theory. This episode 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.


The Genius of Charles Darwin

The Genius of Charles Darwin DVD cover

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

Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind DVD coverThe 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 as eVideo and on DVD

Journey of Man

Cover of Journey of ManA group of geneticists trace the "global family tree" to one African man who lived 60,000 years ago. Dr. Spencer Wells hosts this series, featuring commentary by expert scientists, historians, archeologists, and anthropologists.

Available on DVD

Kansas vs. Darwin

Cover of Kansas Vs. DarwinExplores 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 as eVideo and on DVD

No Dinosaurs in Heaven

Cover for No Dinosaurs In HeavenExamines 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

Questioning Darwin

DVD Cover of Questioning Darwin

Examines the views of creationist Christians, who reject Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, while also examining how Darwin handled the question of God as he developed his theory of natural selection.

Available as eVideo and on DVD

What Darwin Never Knew

Cover of 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

2016 Darwin Day Proclamation

State of Delaware Darwin Day Proclamation