Gavin Evans – Science Museum
5th July, 2019
A panel of authors and journalists come together to discuss the disturbing re-emergence of scientific research into racial differences.
Nationalism is on the rise and it’s perhaps no coincidence that dangerously divisive race science has seen a re-emergence in recent times.
British science journalist Angela Saini’s ‘Superior: The Return of Race Science’, published earlier this year, tells the story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences. It has been described as ‘a wake-up call for those who believe science is always objective and apolitical’.
This discussion brings together Angela and a panel of acclaimed authors and journalists to discuss the roots of race science and to what extent it is on the rise in 2019. The conversation will place a particular focus on intelligence and sport, and how questionable science has been used to misrepresent the abilities of different ethnic groups in these areas.
Speakers on the night include:
- Samira Ahmed – journalist, writer and broadcaster whose credits include BBC Front Row and Newswatch. she writes for the Guardian and New Humanist and is a visiting Professor of Journalism at Kingston University.
- Derek Bardowell – former journalist and author of ‘No Win Race: A Story of Belonging, Britishness and Sport‘, published in May 2019
- Gavin Evans – lecturer at Birkbeck University and author of ‘Skin Deep: Journeys in the Divisive Science of Race‘, to be published in August 2019
- Angela Saini – science journalist and author of ‘Superior: The Return of Race Science‘
Please note this event will be followed by a book signing with the authors in the IMAX Theatre.