Atheism may be one of the most controversial subjects here in the Deep South, but famed English evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is ready to take us on. Dawkins wrote the foreword for College of Charleston mathematics professor Herb Silverman’s 2012 book Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt, and Silverman, who has long admired Dawkins’ work, hopes that this event will help dismiss some preconceived notions about atheistic ideology. “[Dawkins] enjoys engaging with those who have different points of view, and he should have such an opportunity here in the Bible Belt,” Silverman says. “Many people have stereotypes about what they believe atheists are like, and I think an evening with Richard Dawkins will help dispel some of those stereotypes.” The event is not a straightforward lecture, but a discussion between Dawkins and Silverman on topics like why evolution is such a controversial topic in the United States, and Dawkins’ ideas about religion in regard to science. Following the event, there will be a book signing and more opportunities to speak directly with Dawkins. Seats are on a first come, first served basis, and the auditorium is expected to fill up quickly. And now we need to go place our bet on how many protestors will show up.