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