For Immediate Release
Charles Dyke, Delaware Coalition of Reason Coordinator, [email protected]
(Newark, DE, Feb. 4, 2016) — The Delaware Coalition of Reason is celebrating “Charles Darwin Day” with an official proclamation from Delaware Governor Jack Markell. The proclamation, which was sent to the secular, pro-science group on January 7, 2016, declares February 12, 2016, to be “Charles Darwin Day in the State of Delaware for all of his achievements in the field of science.”
Charles Dyke, Delaware Coalition of Reason Coordinator, stated that the group requested the proclamation as part of an international effort to make Charles Darwin’s birthday a recognized holiday in celebration of science.
“Darwin’s discoveries have been responsible for advances in many fields, including agriculture, medicine, and environmental and conservation biology,” said Dyke. “Darwin Day is a way to celebrate anyone who has contributed to the scientific enterprise and to encourage more people to adopt scientific thinking.”
International Darwin Day, a program of the American Humanist Association founded by Dr. Robert Stephens, began working toward establishing a formally recognized holiday for the famous naturalist in 1993. The American Humanist Association also spearheads an initiative to broaden Darwin’s appeal with a website focused on celebrating Darwin’s life and work. It encourages local communities to do the same while promoting national efforts in the U.S. Congress to officially recognize Darwin Day by passing the Darwin Day Resolution. More information can be found at www.DarwinDay.org.
The Delaware Coalition of Reason’s Darwin Day celebration will be held at the Courtyard Marriott at the University of Delaware, on February 11 at 5:30pm and is open to the public. Guest speakers for the event will include Dr. Karen Rosenberg, professor of anthropology at the University of Delaware and expert on human evolution, UnitedCoR’s Executive Director, Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason and Nick Fish, National Program Director for American Atheists. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Community members are invited to celebrate, reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking and hunger for truth as embodied in the life of Charles Darwin.