Author, Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins to Speak Oct. 16

September 4, 2009 — Best-selling author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will give a public seminar on Oct. 16 at the University of Virginia based on his new book, "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution."

The free event will be held at 4 p.m. in Gilmer Hall, room 130. A book signing will follow in the lobby outside the auditorium.

Formerly the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, Dawkins is the author of the international bestselling books "The God Delusion" and "The Selfish Gene," and nine others.

"Richard Dawkins holds a unique position in the worlds of letters and of life
sciences," said Robert Kretsinger, Commonwealth Professor of Biology and host of the event. "He addresses general concerns related to evolution with the wit and clarity to engage the general reader. His insights into these processes and mechanisms provoke new questions and paradigms for the researcher."

The seminar is sponsored by U.Va.'s Department of Biology,