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10/14/09 -  

The Center for Ethics and Religion at Queens - in cooperation with Charlotte Pop Fest and The Bancroft Science Author Series - will present Dr. Richard Dawkins speaking on "The Greatest Show on Earth:  The Evidence for Evolution"  on Wednesday October 14, 2009  at 7 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on the Queens University of Charlotte campus, 1900 Selwyn Avenue. The talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Richard Dawkins is internationally known as a scientist and as a writer on what science indicates about religious belief.  Perhaps most known as the author of the best-selling The God Delusion, Dawkins is a Fellow of the Royal Society and, until recently, held the Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is the acclaimed author of many books including The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale, and The God Delusion.  He will be talking about his latest book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, and books will be available for sale and signing by the author immediately after the talk.

Dawkins gets high praise for his work.  The San Francisco Chronicle writes, "Dawkins's writing is precisely the sort that captures the drama of science.  Rich with metaphor, passionate arguments, wry humor, colorful examples, and unexpected connections, Dawkins's prose can be mesmerizing." Audubon magazine says, "His purpose, like that of Carl Sagan before him, is to reunite the words 'wonder' and 'science.'" And The New York Times writes, "What Darwin couldn't do, Mr. Dawkins can....A spellbinding storyteller."

"Queens and The Center for Ethics and Religion are very interested in hosting lively debates on the issues of the day; that is at the heart of what an academic institution should be about," said Dr. Norris Frederick, director of the center.  "We've had a number of notables (including John Polkinghorne and Francis Collins) who argue that science points to the existence of God, and we're pleased now to invite Richard Dawkins to present his arguments that science points instead to atheism."

Dana  Auditorium is at the intersection of Selwyn and Wellesley.  One of the best places to find parking for the event will be at the Myers Park Elementary School lot, located between lot J and the elementary school as shown on the map.  

The mission of the Center for Ethics and Religion is to educate - through dialogue - the Queens community and the broader community on ethics and religion, paying particular attention to the intersection of those two aspects of our lives.    Past highlights include a partnership with Union Seminary, sponsoring a student Habitat build in China, and bringing to the University's historic Myers Park campus internationally recognized speakers such as Templeton Prize Winner The Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne and Dr. Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, who kicked off a four-lecture series on "Languages of God.

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university, with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Presbyterian School of Nursing, the Wayland H. Cato Jr. School of Education and Hayworth Evening Programs.

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