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Nobel Prize Winner Amartya Sen to Deliver the 2013 Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence

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The Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence presents the most distinguished contributors to international jurisprudence, judged through writings, reputation, and broad and continuing influence on contemporary legal scholarship. The series has been generously endowed by Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg. This year’s speaker is Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, Thomas W. Lamont Professor at Harvard University and former Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. The lecture is titled “Justice: Disagreement and Objectivity.”

This program will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7,  in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.  Tickets are not required.

Dr. Sen was born in India and educated at Presidency College, Calcutta and Trinity College, Cambridge. His research has included work on social choice theory and welfare economics (for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998), as well as development economics, causation of famines, theory of measurement, and moral and political philosophy. Dr. Sen has served as president of the Econometric Society, the American Economic Association, the Indian Economic Association and the International Economic Association.

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Dr. Sen’s books have been translated into more than thirty languages, and include, among others, “Choice of Techniques” (1960), “Collective Choice and Social Welfare” (1970), “Poverty and Famines” (1982), “Commodities and Capabilities” (1987), “Development as Freedom” (1999), “Identity and Violence” (2006), and “The Idea of Justice” (2009).

Dr. Sen has received various honors, including the “Bharat Ratna” (the highest honor awarded by the President of India); Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur (France); National Humanities Medal (USA); Ordem do Merito Cientifico (Brazil); Honorary Companion of Honour (UK); Aztec Eagle (Mexico); George Marshall Award (USA); Eisenhower Medal (USA); and the Nobel Prize in Economics.

We hope you can join us! For those of our readers who will not be able to make it to the event, we will have a member of the In Custodia Legis team attend on your behalf and blog about it afterwards.  We will also live tweet the event via Twitter @LawLibCongress.


Update: The event video was added below.

Comments (2)

  1. Dear Ms. Cali,
    In addition to the Blog report and Tweet, will we be able to read the text of Prof Sen’s talk?
    thank you.

  2. We will release a webcast (with closed captioning) of the event. This process may take approximately 2 – 6 weeks to post. We will follow-up with a link to the webcast via this blog, our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Thanks!

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