Comedian, author and co-host of the popular award-winning BBC Radio 4 science show, The Infinite Monkey Cage, Robin Ince, will be the next guest speaker in the University’s 2022-23 Public Lectures Series.

His lecture, Weapons of Empathy, will take place on Tuesday 21 February. Based on his book, I’m a Joke and So Are You, his talk will seek to understand the disparity between how we project ourselves to the outside world, and who we are on the inside. Containing jokes, impressions and poetry, Robin will use neuroscience and psychology to explore how books can lead us into the minds of others and help us understand their world.

Robin Ince is best known as the host of Radio 4's legendary programme, The Infinite Monkey Cage, which he hosts with Brian Cox. The long-running popular science show takes an irrelevant look at the world around us, answering questions with science facts and a few deviations. The show has won multiple awards including the Rose of Montreux, a Sony Gold Award and most recently, The Arthur C Clarke award. He has also just finished a world tour of the show with Professor Brian Cox.

His books include, I'm a Joke and So Are You, The Importance of Being Interested and Bibliomaniac, which was described by the Times Literary Supplement as "joyous, irreverent and more than a trifle eccentric…liberating and life-affirming”. He was also awarded Author of the Year by The Bookseller's Association in 2022.

The event will take place on Tuesday 21 February, 6 - 7pm, in Augustine Hall in Augustine House (Rhodaus Town, Canterbury). The lecture will be followed by a short Q&A.

Public Lectures are free but booking is required - book your tickets here.

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