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A Columbia University philosophy scholar will discuss global thought in a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 11.

Akeel Bilgrami will give a talk titled “Agency, Value and Alienation” in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of John C. Hodges Library. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Bilgrami is the Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. His research focuses on philosophy of mind and language, political philosophy, and moral psychology.

In his lecture, Bilgrami will discuss the relationship between the values we espouse and our agency—the capacity that each of us has to live our own life and determine our own actions. Focusing on the malaise of alienation, Bilgrami will present a picture of the relationship between values and agency that embodies the ideal of an unalienated life.

The remaining UT Humanities Center visiting scholar lectures are:

February 22—Daniel O’Quinn, professor, School of English and Theatre, University of Guelph, “Shylocks: Anti-Semitism, Pugilism and the Repertoire of Theatrical Violence”

March 21—Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of History, University of Chicago, “Late Imperial Legacies: Land, Water and Long-Run Economic Development in China”

March 28—Helmut Reimitz, professor of history, Princeton University, “On the Use and Abuse of the Roman Past in the Early Medieval West”

April 7—John Bryant, professor of English, Hofstra University, “Big Data, Small Data: Melville and the Humanities as Fluid Texts”

April 18—Barbara Savage, Geraldine Segal Professor of American Social Thought, Department of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania, “Merze Tate: Cosmopolitan Woman, Diplomatic Historian, World Traveler”


Joan Murray (865-974-4222,