Darwin Day

Cosponsored by Willamette University
Link to The Official Darwin Day web site.

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 17th -and- Saturday, February 18th

And God Said, “Let There Be Evolution!”: Reconciling the Book of Genesis, the Qur’an, and the Theory of Evolution

Presented by Charles M. Wynn, Ph.D.

** Willamette University – Salem
Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
Ford Hall, Room 122

Ford Hall is on State Street, directly in front of the Oregon State Capitol.
Parking is available on the street in front of Ford Hall.
A downloadable map of Willamette University is available on the Web at:

** Portland State University – Portland
Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
Science Building 1, Room 107

From the north on I-5: Use the left lane on Marquam Bridge, then merge with I-405.
From the south on I-5: Use the center lane approaching the city. Take Exit 299B to I-405.
Stay right to exit 1D (Beaverton, 12th Ave.) Stay right, exit on 12th Ave.
Park in Structure 3 (on the left past Montgomery St.) Don’t park in reserved spots.
Walk across 12th St. going east on Mill St. Science Bldg. 1 is in 2nd block on the left.
GPS users: Science Bld. 1 is one block from Rogue Hall (below).

** Meet the Speaker – No-Host Social
Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 4:30 - 6:30 P.M.
Rogue Hall (Pub and Eatery)
1717 S.W. Park Ave. - Portland, OR 97201

Join our guest speaker Charles Wynn, O4SR members, CFI Portland, PSU Physics and guests for no-host dinner, drinks and conversation before Wynn’s talk at PSU.


Dr. Charles Wynn, Eastern Connecticut State University Professor of Chemistry and author of "And God Said, 'Let There Be Evolution!'," will present two free public lectures. Wynn’s talks deal with the continuing conflict between scientific understandings and religious beliefs and the dangerous effects of scriptural literalism.

In a Skeptical Inquirer (Sept/Oct 2011) article Wynn explains how September 11, 2001 motivated his book "And God Said, 'Let There Be Evolution!': Reconciling the Book of Genesis, the Qur’an, and the Theory of Evolution" (All Things That Matter Press, 2011). While watching events unfold that day, he asked himself, “What could inspire one group...to engage in the mass destruction of other groups?” He realized the terrorists’ “absolute certainty in a malignant version of a religious belief” spawned the attacks. He decided to challenge belief in the literal truth of scriptures which cause believers “to deny the realities of this world.” In his book, a Christian, a Muslim and a Jewish scientist explain how they reconcile evolution with their faith.

Wynn has published numerous technical articles about science and science education, and has lectured on these and skeptical topics around the world. He is a member of the Center for Inquiry Speakers Bureau and recipient of CFI's "In the Trenches" award. His critically acclaimed science trilogy, "The Five Biggest Ideas in Science," "Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends and Pseudoscience Begins" and "The Five Biggest Unsolved Problems in Science," has been translated into 11 languages and is required reading in many college courses.
And God Said, “Let There Be Evolution!” is available in paperback, Kindle and e-Book through AllThingsThatMatterPress.com and Amazon.com. It will be on sale at the Willamette University bookstore. O4SR has a limited number of copies available to O4SR members at a special Darwin Day price of $10.

Past Events

Darwin Day 2011
A Fresh Look at Intelligent Design
Dr. James Laidler
  • Friday, February 13, 2009

    Film "Judgment Day"
    Celebrate Darwin's 200th birthday followed by discussion with Willamette University faculty

  • February 13, 2008- Willamette University Campus - Salem, OR

    FILM: Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus A docudrama by Randy Olson
    View the trailer: www.flockofdodos.com
    The film attempts to determine who the real "dodos" are in a constantly evolving world: the scientists who are failing to promote evolution as a scientifically accepted fact, the intelligent design advocates, or the American public who get fooled by the salesmanship of the Discovery Institute.

    From the National Center for Science Education: http://www.ncseweb.org/resources/news/2006

    This is the first feature length film to examine both sides of the controversy over the teaching of intelligent design vs. evolution in public schools.

    Panel Discussion - Willamette University faculty, including:

    • Steven Green, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion, Law and Democracy
    • Douglas McGaughey, Professor, Department of Religious Studies; Executive Secretary PNW Region of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)
    • Melinda Gormley, Historian of Science and Professor of Science Studies
    • Ben Crabtree, Professor, Department of Biology
    • Frank Benford, Consultant, Applied Mathematician

  • February 7, 2007 - Oregon State University, Corvallis.
    Nicholas Matzke examined the 2005 Dover, Pennsylvania, trial which tested whether "Intelligent Design" could be taught alongside evolution in Dover public school biology classes. A key question for the court to decide was whether "Intelligent Design" is science or religion.

  • February 9, 2007 - Willamette University, Salem.
    "Creationism on Trial." A panel discussion with Dr. Steven Green, WU Director of the Center for Law and Government; Dr. Brent Dalrymple, 2005 National Medal of Science Laureate, scientific expert on the age of the earth, and expert witness in the 1981 court case McLean v. Arkansas which overturned a law requiring "equal time" for creationism; and Nicholas Matzke, scientific advisor at the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial on "intelligent design."

    Videos of Darwin Day speakers (Links to Google Video):
    Dr. Steven Green

    33 min 13 sec
    Description: Legal aspects of creationist arguments.
    Dr. Brent Dalrymlpe

    17 min 17 sec
    Description: History of other Creationists trials.
    Nick Matzke

    36 min 45 sec
    Description: Overview of the Dover PA trial.
    Q & A Session

    23 min 50 sec
    Description: Q & A from the audience.

  • Saturday, February 11, 2006 - Willamette University, Salem.
    Willamette University Faculty discussed how they came to their views on evolution by natural selection and how each person's views relate to his scholarly and educational work.

    Oregon high school teachers shared their experiences teaching evolution in public schools. Educators on this panel gave their perspectives on recent court cases and how they may influence attitudes about teaching in public schools.

  • Copyright (c) 2006 Oregonians for Science and Reason