- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The University of Southern Mississippi celebrates the birthday of Charles Darwin with an array of Darwin Day festivities Friday on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event features exhibits, a morning movie screening followed by a panel discussion by Southern Miss professors and afternoon events including T-shirt sales and a keynote address.

At 2 p.m., Dr. Jerry Coyne, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, will present the keynote address, “Why Evolution is True and Why Americans Aren’t Buying It.”

Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around Feb. 12, the day on which Darwin was born in 1809. The event celebrates the discoveries and life of Darwin, who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor.

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