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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Chimpanzee on Trial - Public Event

19th April 2016, 18:15 to 19:15, Debating Chamber, Pemberton Building, Durham University, Palace Gree

Chimpanzee on Trial

After its success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and British Science Festival, Dr Lewis Dean (St Andrews University) brings his Chimpanzee on Trial show to Durham as a public event. The show, supported by the Primate Society of Great Britain, enables the audience to act as jury in determining whether a chimp, who has killed another chimp, can be found guilty of murder. Is there any evidence that his animal mind is capable of planning to kill another, and if so, can he possibly be aware that this is morally wrong? During the trial, Dr Lewis Dean and Dr Kate Cross (St Andrews University) act as defence and prosecution lawyers quizzing the expert witnesses who include specialists in chimpanzee cognition and culture as well as in philosophy of morals and law. The presiding Judge, played by comedian Alfie Joey, is assisted by the Clerk of the Court, Dr Rachel Kendal (Durham University).

To book your ticket (for free) click here.

Important information for those coming to the Chimp on Trial public event who are not attending the rest of the Evidence of Animal Minds conference: The event will start at 18.15. Doors will open at 18.00. If you arrive early, please wait in the hallway in front of the Debating Chamber for the doors to open. Please do not attempt to enter the chamber before then as this will disrupt the conference session that precedes it.

For further information see:

For the press release click here.

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