6th Annual Darwin Day Dinner
 The Continental Manor, in Norwalk, Connecticut

To reserve your place please print out the FLYER and Registration Form BY FEBRUARY 1 and mail to: CT Darwin Day Committee, 249 Chestnut Hill Road, Norwalk, CT 06851-1412


It doesn’t matter whether you are a vegetarian or not, we all should be concerned about the future of plants.  None of us can opt out of our fundamental reliance on these ubiquitous “autotrophs” and their crucial ability to capture the energy of the sun and turn it into the chemical energy on which we and most other organisms depend. 

Plants are also the sources of raw materials of all kinds and are important regulators of many of the processes that make our planet habitable.  Yet we are surprisingly ignorant about the changes that are underway in the world of plants. 

How many species of plants are there and how many species of plants are we losing as a result of changing patterns of land use? Are we on the verge of a botanical mass extinction? What will be the consequences for plants of changing climates? How quickly are plants changing at the genetic level? And how are we changing plants through plant breeding and genetic engineering to make them more useful to us? 

In this lecture Dr. Crane will consider these and a few other questions. As an engaged naturalist observing rapid changes in the world around him, Darwin himself would surely have been interested in the answers.


Peter Crane is Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.  His work focuses on the diversity of plant life – its origin, fossil history, current status, conservation and use.  From 1982 to 1999 he was at the Field Museum in Chicago, and from 1992 to 1999 served as Director with overall responsibility for the Museum’s scientific programmes. In 1999 he was appointed Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He returned to Chicago in 2006 as the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor at The University of Chicago, before being appointed at Yale in 2009.

This event is a celebration of science, evolution, and Charles Darwin, and also one heck of a fun party. 

For all the details and to reserve your place BY FEBRUARY 1, please print out the FLYER and Registration Form and mail to: CT Darwin Day Committee, 249 Chestnut Hill Road, Norwalk, CT 06851-1412

Everyone is guaranteed to go home from Darwin Day smarter, or at least knowing more than when they arrived.    Please tell your friends !

This event is sponsored by the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Fairfield County, The Wilton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Unitarian Church in Westport, Humanists and Freethinkers of Ffld County (HFFC), the Norwalk Public Schools Science Department, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Earthplace, and the Bartlett Arboretum.