Desmond Tutu and London panel

Desmond Tutu and London panel to discuss essence of being human

On the eve of Desmond Tutu being honoured with the Templeton prize in London, he and a panel of esteemed thinkers will debate the question – what is the essence of being human?

Desmond Tutu and London panel

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a panel of distinguished academic and religious figures will use an open forum in London on Monday 20 May to discuss the question — what is the essence of being human?

The forum is being organised in connection with the Templeton Prize which is being presented to the South African Nobel Laureate in London the following day. The Archbishop will bring his long experience as an opponent of apartheid and as a champion of human rights to the discussion, which is designed to shed light on the very essence of being human and humanity’s uniqueness.

The moderator will be 2004 Templeton Prize winner George FR Ellis, the Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Complex Systems in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town. He co-authored The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time with University of Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, published in 1973, and is considered one of the world’s leading theorists in cosmology.

Panellists will include Prof Malcolm Jeeves (Emeritus Professor of Psychology at University of St. Andrews), Ian Tattersall (paleoanthropologist and curator emeritus with the American Museum of Natural History), Anthony Thiselton (theologian and philosopher), Alan J Torrance (professor of systematic theology at St Mary’s College of the University of St Andrews) and Adam Zeman (Professor of Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, University of Exeter).

The event is on Monday 20 May at 4.30pm at The Greenwood Theatre, King’s College London, 55 Weston Street, London SE1 8WA

No RSVP necessary. Admission is free but early arrival is advised.