Enlightenment Lecture by Amartya Sen

Please join us for the next lecture in our Enlightenment Lecture series, delivered by Nobel Prize laureate Professor Amartya Sen.

Amartya Sen

The Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University will give the lecture as part of the University’s celebration of philosopher David Hume’s 300th birthday.

The free lecture takes place at the Assembly Hall, New College on Monday, July 18, at 6pm.

It is also part of the International Hume Society Conference, Hume After 300 Years, co-sponsored by Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities being held at the University from 18-23 July.

Important update

We apologise for any inconvenience but we are expecting a VIP to attend this lecture which means added security measures.

Please ensure that you bring with you to the event a valid photo identity (passport, driving licence or University student/staff identity). Bags will be checked on entry.

Tickets and cancellations

This lecture is sold out and our waiting list for cancellations is fully subscribed.

The event is being filmed and will be available online and as part of our Enlightenment Lectures podcast.

Please do let us know if you unable to attend as we have a very large waiting list. Contact Jamie Chalmers.


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Professor Amartya Sen

Born in India 1933, Professor Sen won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 for his contribution to welfare economics.

His analysis of the causes of famine, and conclusion that inequality is as devastating as food shortages, has changed government policy around the world.

He has also written about how gender inequality in the developing world has impacted the mortality rates of women.

Last year Time magazine listed him as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

During his visit to Edinburgh he will also be contributing to a panel discussion on 'Hume, the Scottish Enlightenment and India’.

Professor Susan Manning will chair the event which will also feature Professor Emma Rothschild, Professor Barun De, Dr Viccy Coltman and Dr Michael Fry.

Enlightenment Lectures

The University’s Enlightenment Lectures examine aspects of the Enlightenment's legacy in the context of our own fraught and hectic times.

The lectures encompass talks from global leaders in politics, philosophy, science and economics.

Previous speakers include Steve Jones, Joseph Stiglitz, Daniel Dennett and Irene Khan.


You can watch videos of previous Enlightenment Lectures online or subscribe to our podcast series.

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The lecture this year forms part of the University’s celebrations marking the tercentenary of the birth of David Hume, one of our most distinguished alumni.

The University is hosting a year of lectures, exhibitions and activities to mark this milestone.

David Hume: Celebrating Connections

Event details

Enlightenment Lecture: Professor Amartya Sen

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Monday 18 July 2011, 5.00pm

Monday 18 July 2011, 6.15pm

Assembly Hall, New College, 1 Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU

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Contact details

For more information on this event, including any access enquiries, please contact Jamie Chalmers.

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