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Abstract

Excerpt: Appalachian State University engaged in a vibrant and exciting Darwin Bicentennial Celebration throughout the 2008 – 2009 academic year. Prominent speakers and writers joined with a film series, theatre productions, art exhibits to focus on Darwin and his scientific discoveries. Most of the university departments contributed and or participated in a variety of ways to this year long event. The Darwin Bicentennial provided the members of our university community with the unique opportunity to come together to discuss, argue, debate and challenge issues concerning theories of human origin, contemporary scientific knowledge based on theories of evolution and natural selection and, of course, issues of faith and reason. For a year, the university itself becomes a wide open classroom with a “commons” defined by Darwin and his legacy.

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