Amartya Sen – Home in the World | How To Academy

Mon, 26 July 2021

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Amartya Sen – Home in the World

In conversation with Peter Frankopan

One of the most distinguished intellectuals of both the 20th and 21st centuries, Nobel laureate and Harvard Professor Amartya Sen has devoted his life to the betterment of humanity.

‘The world’s poor and dispossessed could have no more articulate or insightful a champion’ – Kofi Annan

A fierce champion of equality and global justice whose revolutionary economic ideas reach far beyond the academy, Amartya Sen is a public intellectual in the truest and most vital sense: a scholar whose lifelong dedication to the advancement of human freedom and prosperity has been felt across the globe.

Professor Sen joins us to reflect upon the ideas, people and places that made him. From his upbringing in modern-day Bangladesh, where he witnessed the horrors of the 1943 famine; to his education in Calcutta and in Cambridge, where he engaged with the intellectuals luminaries of the age, and later to the other Cambridge (Massachusetts), Professor Sen will transport through time and across continents, exploring questions of identity, home, and belonging, and give us unparalleled and honest insight into the formation of one of the most influential minds of our time.

Amartya Sen is living proof of the power of ideas to change the world. No-one concerned with the history and future of human freedom and flourishing should miss this livestream event.

Praise for Amartya Sen:

‘One of the great minds of both the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We owe him a huge debt’ – Nicholas Stern

‘A distinguished inheritor of the tradition of public philosophy and reasoning – Roy, Tagore, Gandhi, Nehru … if ever there was a global intellectual, it is Sen’ – Sunil Khilnani, Financial Times

‘Amartya Sen is one of the most distinguished minds of our time [who] enjoyably mixes moments of profundity with flashes of mischievous provocation’ – William Dalrymple


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Amartya Sen

Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University

Amartya Sen is Professor of Economics and Professor of Philosophy at Harvard. He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1998 to 2004, and won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998. His many celebrated books including Development as Freedom (1999), The Argumentative Indian (2005), Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (2007), and The Idea of Justice (2010), have been translated into more than 40 languages. In 2012 he received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama and in 2020 he was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade by President Steinmeier.

Peter Frankopan

Professor of Global History, Oxford

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, published by Bloomsbury in 2015, was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller and remained in the top 10 for nine months after publication. It was named one of the ‘Books of the Decade’ 2010-2020 by the Sunday Times. The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World was published by Bloomsbury in 2018 and won the Human Sciences prize of the Carical Foundation in 2019.