6 February 2020

Winter Lecture: How to argue with a racist

Please note: Originally Adam was scheduled to speak about the Book of Humans but by fortunate coincidence, Adam’s new book – How to argue with a racist – is published on the same day as this talk. We’ve therefore changed the subject of the talk to complement the launch of the book.

Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise – and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence.

Stereotypes and myths about race are expressed not just by overt racists, but also by well-intentioned people whose experience and cultural baggage steer them towards views that are not supported by the modern study of human genetics.

Even some scientists are uncomfortable expressing opinions deriving from their research where it relates to race. Yet, if understood correctly, 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.

How to argue with a racist is a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.

Copies of the book will be available to buy at the talk.

Speaker: Adam Rutherford, scientist and broadcaster

Entry to the winter lectures is on a first come basis so we recommend arriving 15 minutes before the advertised start time to be assured of a seat. Parking in the area can be difficult so you may want to allow extra time to find a space.

All Winter Lectures take place at:
Priory Road Lecture Theatre,
University of Bristol,
8 Woodland Road,
Bristol
BS8 1TN

The 2019-20 Winter Lecture programme includes: