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Oxford Debate: Race, Science, and History

Adam Rutherford and Elijah Lawal Interviewed by Stephen Law

Saturday, 28 March 2020

2:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

Science broadcaster and researcher Adam Rutherford and writer Elijah Lawal discuss how to challenge racial stereotypes and how to respond when we see others using them.

Stereotypes and myths about race are not only expressed by the openly racist. Even the well-intentioned can find themselves sliding into negative stereotypes about race that are both unjustified and damaging. 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. How can we prevent ourselves accidentally embracing such views, and how should we respond when we come across others expressing them?

Rutherford’s latest book How To Argue With A Racist: History, Science, Race, and Reality explains how stereotypes and myths about race can be challenged using science. Rutherford was part of a team that first identified a genetic cause of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning programmes for the BBC, including Radio 4’s Inside Science.

Lawal’s book The Clapback: Your Guide To Calling Out Racist Stereotypes arms readers with the tools to shut down racially offensive, backhanded statements, protect themselves and others and put the offender in their place, quickly, using humour, historical context, and detailed research. Lawal is a PR manager at Google and is passionate about helping underrepresented people grow their careers in creative industries. He was a finalist of the Penguin WriteNow scheme, which aims to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves.

Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, a philosopher and academic, author of bestselling introductions to philosophy for adults and children, and editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming