- Associated Press - Sunday, February 12, 2017

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Salem State University is saying “Happy 208th Birthday” to Charles Darwin with a weeklong series of events aimed at bringing science to the people.

The free celebration that starts Monday features lectures, video presentations and panel discussions. It’s the 38th consecutive year the school has held the event.

Highlights include a talk by Nobel Prize winner William C. Campbell, a panel discussion titled “The Henrietta Lacks Case: The Intersection of Race, Science and Ethics,” and a talk about the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.

Organizers intend for the event to be interdisciplinary and attractive to a broad range of audiences, commemorating the importance of the naturalist best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.

Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England, on Feb. 12, 1809 and died in 1882.

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