CANCELLED How to argue with a racist

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Friday 1 May

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

This event has been cancelled

  • Credit: Stefan Jakubowski

Price

Standard £16

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Concession £10

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Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been cancelled. All attendees will be contacted to offer a full refund.

Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. Neither race nor racism has foundation in science.

The appeal to strengthen racist ideologies with science is on the rise. Even some scientists are uncomfortable expressing opinions deriving from their research where it relates to race.

Join Adam Rutherford as he explores how science and history can be powerful allies against racism, granting the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be.

About the speaker

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science and The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry with Dr Hannah Fry.

He is the author of 'Creation', which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, 'A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived', 'The Book of Humans' and 'How to Argue With a Racist'.

Timing

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Adam's book, 'How to argue with a racist', will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. 

Filming

This event will be filmed and on the Ri's YouTube channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.

Accessibility

The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email: events@ri.ac.uk.

Carers can receive a free ticket to an event by emailing events@ri.ac.uk.

Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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