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The Selfish Gene: thirty years on

Darwin@LSE Public Lecture

Date: Thursday 16 March 2006
Time: 6.45pm
: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Professor Richard Dawkins FRS, Professor Daniel C Dennett, Professor Sir John Krebs FRS, Ian McEwan and Dr Matt Ridley
Chair: Melvyn Bragg

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins was published 30 years ago. This and his subsequent writings have had a powerful influence not only in biology but in other disciplines and in the wider intellectual debate, championing science and rationalism. This event will bring together scientists, writers and other public intellectuals to explore these developments. 

Professor Richard Dawkins FRS  is Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. Professor Daniel C Dennett, Tufts University and is author of Darwin's Dangerous Idea and Breaking the Spell. Professor Sir John Krebs FRS is based in the Department of Zoology, Oxford University. Ian McEwan is a Booker Prize winner and author of Amsterdam and Saturday. Dr Matt Ridley is author of The Origins of Virtue and Genome.

Ticket Information

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. The ticket request line is closed as all tickets have been allocated.

Update: Tuesday 14 March
After some investigation it has come to our attention that there are some people who submitted a request who will have not received any communication from the events office. All tickets were sent out first class on Thursday 9 March therefore if you have not yet received a ticket AND have not heard from the events office please email events@lse.ac.uk for clarification. Only those who have received tickets will gain access to the Old Theatre.

Update: Wednesday 8 March
There was an unprecedented number of requests for tickets for this event. The level of requests caused our online booking system to have severe technical problems and we apologise for the inconvenience and frustration this has caused those requesting tickets. We are in the process of working with colleagues to look at ways to prevent a reoccurrence of these problems. Tickets for successful applicants have been sent first class today (Wednesday 8 March). If you have any queries please email events@lse.ac.uk.

If you have not been successful in requesting a ticket then you have two options on the day:

Returns Queue:
There will be a returns queue in operation for the Old Theatre. Shortly before the event starts we will fill any empty seats left by ticket holders with people from the returns queue. The returns queue will be located on the ground floor of the Old Building, next to the Old Theatre. Entry is not guaranteed to this event via the returns queue

Video Link Venue:
There will also be a live video link to the New Theatre, East Building. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry to this venue will be on a first come, first serve basis. Doors to this venue will open at 6.35pm.


The Selfish Gene: thirty years on (PDF)

The Selfish Gene: thirty years on (weblink to download audio recording)

For further information email events@lse.ac.uk.