SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Salem State University is holding a week’s worth of free events to celebrate the 210th birthday of Charles Darwin.
The school’s 40th annual Darwin Festival features guest talks and films designed to bring current topics in science to the student body and the general public.
The festival celebrates the scientist whose theory of evolution continues to spark strong emotions.
The lectures touch on a range of topics, including “Cosmic Evolution: The Rise Of Complexity In Nature,” ”Growing Up Chimpanzee: The Development Of Sex Differences In Wild Chimpanzees,” and “Fish Out Of Water: Did Our Ancestors Walk Onto Land?”
The festival will also include a range of discussion topics including marine biology, climate change, human health, evolution and animal behavior.
All the events are free and open to the public.