Steven Pinker and Will Self to Honour T.S Eliot in the Abbey Theatre

The T.S. Eliot Estate and the Abbey Theatre have announced that the third of five annual lectures in the US writer’s name will be entitled ‘Pessimism in a World of Progress.’

Taking place on November 4th, the lecture will be delivered by Steven Pinker, one of the world’s leading authorities on language and the mind and Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Previously, he taught at Stanford and at MIT.

A provocative speaker, much in demand, Steven Pinker is a cognitive scientist named by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. His lectures are said to help demystify the science behind human language, thought, and action. Pinker is a Harvard professor, a TED speaker, and a bestselling author, twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Highly respected in the scientific community, his work and opinions are extensively covered in the mainstream media, and have won a wide general audience.

Recently, his book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress was published earning critical acclaim.

Writer Carlo Gébler will introduce Professor Pinker, followed by an interview with novelist and journalist Will Self. Actor Eleanor Methven will also perform ‘The Hollow Men,’ one of T.S. Eliot’s best-known poems.

Tickets cost between €13 – €35 and are on sale now. Visit for more details.

The schedule for the event is below.

6pm: Poem read by Eleanor Methven
6.10pm: Introduction by Carlo Gébler
6.20pm: Lecture by Steven Pinker
7pm: Interview with Will Self

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