Science writer and broadcaster Dr Adam Rutherford confirmed for Eckersley Lecture

22/12/2020
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The annual Eckersley Lecture will return to Bedales on 20 April 2021, when science writer and broadcaster Dr Adam Rutherford will visit the school to talk about the subject of his recent book, How to Argue with a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality.

How to Argue with a Racist – which has been named as a Sunday Times Bestseller and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week – dismantles outdated notions of race by illuminating what modern genetics can and cannot tell us about human difference. It is a vital manifesto for a 21st century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify racism.

Adam, who studied evolutionary biology at University College London (UCL) before going on to complete a PhD on the genetics of the developing eye at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, spent 10 years on the editorial team of the world’s premier science journal Nature and has written and presented several series and programmes for BBC television and radio as well as writing for the science pages of The Guardian.

Bedales Head of Sciences Richard Sinclair said: “I am delighted that the Eckersley Lecture will be delivered by Dr Adam Rutherford, who will be talking on such a timely and interesting topic We are very much looking forward to welcoming him to Bedales next April.  Meanwhile, for a Christmas gift idea and ideal pre-reading for the lecture, How to Argue with a Racist would make an excellent present!”

The Eckersley Lecture celebrates the lives of brothers and Old Bedalians Thomas and Peter Eckersley, who developed a love of science at Bedales and went on to pursue distinguished scientific careers – Peter as chief engineer at the BBC and Thomas a Fellow of the Royal Society. Since its introduction in 1966, the Eckersley Lecture has attracted leading scientists including Sir Robert Winston and Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

More information about booking tickets will be available shortly.