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NZ Festival presents an evening with Richard Dawkins

New Zealand Festival presents an evening with Richard Dawkins

30 November 2015

A Life in Science: New Zealand Festival presents an evening
with Richard Dawkins

Renowned scientist, vocal atheist, and controversial critic Richard Dawkins will speak about his life and work in Wellington on 4 March.
In a special one-off, New Zealand event at the Michael Fowler Centre, Dawkins will reflect on his eminent career as a scientist, and expand on the themes of inspiration, influence and ideas in his recent memoir, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science.

Evolutionary biologist and emeritus fellow at New College, Oxford, Dawkins is never far from the headlines, and is perhaps best known for his investigation into the biology of selfishness and altruism in The Selfish Gene (1976) and his vociferous rejection of a supernatural creator in The God Delusion (2006).

In conversation with New Zealand writerBernard Beckett (who chaired the sold-out Writers Week conversation with Dawkins at the Michael Fowler Centre in 2010) Dawkins’ event is a chance to hear from one of the world’s leading contemporary thinkers.

Writers Week Programme Manager Kathryn Carmody says Dawkins appearance in March is an exciting preview ahead of the full Writers Week programme that opens the following week. “Writers week is about bringing articulate people together to celebrate the life of the mind and the world of ideas. We’re delighted that Professor Richard Dawkins, who has dedicated his life to science, scholarship and debate, is available for what promises to be a very special event,” she says.

On sale to Culture Club supporters: Monday 30 November
On sale to General Public: Thursday 3 December
Michael Fowler Centre, Friday 4 March, 6-7.15pm
Early Bird tickets $39 (until 29 January 2016)
Book tickets at Ticketek


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