British House of Lords Member to Speak on Rational Optimism

The Free Market Institute is sponsoring the speech.

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley

WHAT: Matt Ridley, a columnist for The Telegraph and The Times (UK) and a member of the science and technology select committee in the British House of Lords, will speak on "Rational Optimism and the Evolution of Everything." He also will have a book signing. The Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University is hosting the event.

WHEN: Book signing: 4:45-5:15 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 10)
Lecture: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Red Raider Ballroom, Student Union Building

WHO: Ridley is a best-selling author and scientist who writes a weekly column in The Times and writes for the Wall Street Journal. As a viscount, he was elected to the House of Lords in February 2013. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Academy of Medical Sciences. His latest book is "The Evolution of Everything."

CONTACT: Benjamin Powell, director, Free Market Institute, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-3097 or

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Free Market Institute

Free Market Institute

The mission of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech is to advance the teaching of and research directly related to the virtues of free markets. The Institute promotes scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries, providing a forum that encourages and values discussion and rigorous debate regarding all aspects of free markets.