Saint Xavier University will host a special living history performance about the famed scientist and founder of evolutionary theory Charles Darwin featuring award-winning actor, storyteller, and author Brian “Fox” Ellis on Tues., Feb. 12.
The event, titled “Charles Darwin and His Revolutionary Idea,” is scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. The event is free and open to the public, and no reservations or tickets are needed.
Ellis steps into Darwin’s shoes to tell the tale of the young scientist’s adventure sailing around the world on the HMS Beagle. Equal parts dramatic storytelling, stand-up comedy, and show-and-tell, the performance immerses the audience in the intellectual world of one of history’s greatest scientific minds.
Ellis will discuss humorous tales of Darwin’s training as a naturalist, his insights into South American geology, his discovery of strange creatures on the Galapagos Islands, and the scientific evidence that led to his revolutionary theory of evolution. Ellis also will provide a wide array of fossils, insects, plants, and study skins so the audience can experience the discoveries of Darwin with hands-on analysis.
Ellis has been regaling audiences for more than 30 years as a performer and educator. He is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist, and has worked with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The Field Museum, and other museums across the country.
This event is hosted by SXU’s Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library. Read about more upcoming events at the Library at www.sxu.edu, keyword: library. For more information, please contact Associate Librarian Dave Kohut at (773) 298-3355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.