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Celebrate the Darwin anniversaries with video

Two projects to celebrate the Darwin anniversaries — the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the sesquicentennial of the publication of On the Origin of Species — are soliciting video contributions. For its Darwin Aloud project, the Center for Inquiry West is asking people to videotape themselves by a site of natural beauty or scientific importance reading from the last chapter of the Origin. Entries are due by June 1, 2009. Evolution: Education and Outreach is inviting libraries that are celebrating the Darwin anniversaries to videotape or photograph their Darwin Year displays; a lucky winner will be featured in a forthcoming issue of the journal. Entries are due by September 1, 2009.

The Society for the Study of Evolution already produced its own video celebration in time for the bicentennial of Darwin's birth, featuring members of the SSE's council, Alan Leshner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Peter H. Raven, Francisco Ayala, Richard Lenski, Susan Epperson, Neil Shubin and Tiktaalik, high school teachers from Dover, Pennsylvania, George Coyne, Sean Carroll, faculty and graduate students at the University of St. Andrews, staff of the NCSE, Darwin Day celebrants at Cedar Crest College, and students at Michigan State University.