‘Dodos’ to help mark Darwin birthday

Proponents of evolution are planning a birthday bash next month for Charles Darwin at the same time that the State Board of Education will be considering science standards that support evolution.

The celebration of Darwin – the father of the theory of evolution who was born Feb. 12, 1809 – will include a showing of the movie “Flock of Dodos” on Feb. 12 at Kansas University and a Darwin look-alike contest.

“Flock of Dodos” is a documentary that explores the recent science battles in Kansas and Dover, Pa., between mainstream scientists and proponents of intelligent design.

Much of the movie focuses on the 2005 decision in Kansas by the State Board of Education to adopt science standards that open evolution to criticism.

Those standards were approved by a 6-4 conservative majority. Last year, voters installed a 6-4 moderate majority, which has vowed to change the standards back to the ones supported by mainstream scientists.

The day after the screening of “Flock of Dodos,” the State Board of Education may be voting to install those different science standards.

The movie, portions of which were shot in Lawrence, will be shown at 7:45 p.m. at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Tickets will be $2.

Other events surrounding Darwin’s birthday are in the planning stages.