Minot State signature event to combine science and art into DarwinDay 2011
DarwinDay 2011 will be held at Minot State University Thursday and Friday (Feb. 10-11). This third annual signature event for the university will celebrate Charles Darwin’s life by connecting science and art into a variety of unique experiences.
On Thursday (Feb. 10), keynote guest, fossil expert and co-discover of Tiktaalik (the fish with hands) Neil Shubin will give a free, public presentation in Aleshire Theater, Hartnett Hall, at 7 p.m. Shubin is the author of "Your Inner Fish," a book that combines humor and clarity into the subject of evolution as he takes a look at how the human body evolved into its present state.
Shubin is the associate dean for organismal and evolutionary biology at the University of Chicago. Tiktaalik, a 375-million-year-old fossil fish with a flat skull and limbs, and finger, toe, ankle and wrist bones, provides what scientists believe is a link between fish and the earliest land-dwelling creatures. Shubin will also participate in a Comparative Morphology Talkshow with MSU faculty in Aleshire Theater at 10:30 a.m. on Friday (Feb. 11). The talk show is free and open to the public.
Friday (Feb. 11) events will feature guest artist and illustrator Tom Fleming, of North Carolina. Fleming is known for his artwork in trading cards, comic books (Marvel and DC Comics) and paperback books as well as his time spent as a staff artist for the World Wrestling Foundation. He will be introduced to the Minot community in a 9 a.m. presentation at Aleshire Theater.
Throughout Friday (Feb. 11) the public can experience live art with Tom Fleming and view an EVOLVE art exhibit curated by 62 Doors, from Minot, in the Student Center Beaver Dam. Along with the live art and art exhibit from the community, local bands will perform from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. in the Beaver Dam. At 7 p.m., the art exhibit will move to 62 Doors, in downtown Minot, for a reception and presentation of awards from the juried art show.
For more information on the schedule of events for DarwinDay 2011, please visit http://msubiology.info.