Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Richard Dawkins Returns to Randolph College Oct. 5

Richard Dawkins, deemed “Darwin’s Rottweiler” by Discovery Magazine, will return to Randolph College on Oct. 5 to talk about his latest book, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True.

The event, scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required.

Dawkins first visited Randolph’s campus in 2006 for a powerful lecture that resulted in a standing room only event, with audience members from all over the state and region.

A British ethologist, evolutionary theorist, and popular science writer, Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book, The Selfish Gene, which popularized the gene-centric view of evolution. Named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2007, Dawkins is a Fellow of the Royal Society and held the University of Oxford’s first Chair of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science.

He is the author of 10 additional books, including The Selfish Gene (1976, 2nd Ed 1989), The Extended Phenotype (1982), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996), Unweaving the Rainbow (1998), A Devil’s Chaplain (2003), The Ancestor’s Tale (2004), The God Delusion (2006) and The Greatest Show on Earth (2009).

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True is set for release in the United States on Oct. 4.

The author of numerous articles, Dawkins's awards have included the Silver Medal of the Zoological Society of London (1989), the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Award (1990), the Nakayama Prize for Achievement in Human Science (1990), The International Cosmos Prize (1997) and the Kistler Prize (2001). He holds Honorary Doctorates in both literature and science.

The Wall Street Journal has said Dawkins’ "passion is supported by an awe-inspiring literary craftsmanship." The New York Times Book Review has hailed him as a writer who "understands the issues so clearly that he forces his reader to understand them too." And Prospect Magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky).

Ticket Information

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Ticket requests will be filled in the order that they are received. You will receive a ticket confirmation email with additional information if your request can be filled.

Seating will begin at 6:45 p.m.

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