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Performance by Renowned Historian, Actor Celebrates Bicentennial of Darwin’s Birth, Feb. 16

Richard Milner

VIRGINIA KEY, Fla. — Two hundred years after the birth of famed naturalist and father of the modern evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin, his ideas are still inspiring new forms of scientific and artistic innovation. Dr. Richard Milner, a physical and cultural anthropologist, author of the Encyclopedia of Evolution and regular contributor to Natural History magazine, has created a one-man musical performance, “Charles Darwin: Live and in Concert,” that is entertaining audiences the world over.

In commemoration of Darwin’s 200th birthday, on February 16 at 6 p.m., Milner will bring his musical production to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway (next to the Miami Seaquarium). The event is free and open to the public.

Victorian naturalist Charles Darwin is brought to life by Richard Milner in a one-man musical filled with witty, original songs, science, and madness. An author of award-winning books on Darwin and evolution, Milner’s unique lyrics have delighted audiences from Germany to Australia. He appears as Darwin, Thomas Henry Huxley, A. R. Wallace, and Stephen Jay Gould, belts out a blues for the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial,” and somehow Maurice Chevalier and Jimmy Durante also get into the act.

Darwin Day is an international celebration of the life and scientific accomplishments of Charles Darwin. The year 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his groundbreaking On the Origin of Species. This presentation is sponsored by

Ocean Research and Education Foundation, in partnership with the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami.  For more information, please contact Laura Bracken at 305-421-4207 or lbracken@rsmas.miami.edu.

The Ocean Research and Education Foundation is a non-profit corporation focused on marine science. It organizes geological research in the Bahamas on the living counterparts of the first evidence of life on Earth some three billion years old. The Foundation also leads a Caribbean-wide assessment of the condition of coral reefs that has produced the only comprehensive regional database of corals, fish and algae (www.agrra.org). For the past decade, the Foundation and the Rosenstiel School have collaborated to present the popular Sea Secrets lecture series, five annual events aimed at informing and inspire students and the general public on marine science.

Founded in the 1940's, the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life.  For more information, please visit www.rsmas.miami.edu

Media Contacts:

Barbra Gonzalez
UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
305.421.4704
barbgo@rsmas.miami.edu
Marie Guma-Diaz
UM Media Relations Office
305.284.1601
m.gumadiaz@umiami.edu

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