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Understanding Charles Darwin With Genetics And DNA

A statue of Charles Darwin outside Shrewsbury Library was erected in 1897.

Feb. 12 marks the 211 anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Over the last several decades, a movement to establish an international Darwin Day holiday has been growing. A group in Iowa City celebrates Darwin Day every year by highlighting the work of modern evolutionary scientists. 

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with three guests to give a preview of this year’s Darwin Day celebration in Iowa City, including two different insights on DNA and human genetic diversity. 

John Novembre and Anya Prince will be giving their talks on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22 for Darwin Day celebration in Iowa City




  • Elizabeth Yale, lecturer in the department of history at the University of Iowa
  • Anya Prince, associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Law
  • John Novembre, professor of human genetics, ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa