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Isaiah Berlin Lectures

This lecture series was endowed through a bequest from Sir Isaiah Berlin FBA. The lecture is intended to appraise the contemporary condition of any one of the fields of learning with which the Academy is concerned. The lecture was first delivered in 2001.

Click on the blue links for outputs from the lectures or event information.
(Note: the published texts of the lectures from 2009 onwards are available open access; the texts of the 2001-2008 lectures are not available open access.)

2015  Classics? by Mary Beard (video)

2010  Working With the Media: A View from the Frontline, by Ian Kennedy (event information)

2009  A Humanist’s Conversation with the 20th Century (Isaiah Berlin 1909-1997), by James H Billington (text | audio)

2008  Reason and Identity, by Bhikhu Parekh  (text | audio)

2007  Palace or Powerstation? Museums Today, by Duncan Robinson (text | text extract)

2006  The Search for Perfection: Atlantic Dimensions, by Bernard Bailyn (text | audio)

2005  Useful Knowledge, by Marilyn Strathern (text)

2004  Nomad's Progress, by Lord Sutherland (text | audio)

2003  The Re-description of Enlightenment, by J G A Pocock (text | audio)

2002  Overestimating Culture: A German Problem, by Wolf Lepenies (text)

2001  A Third Concept of Liberty, by Quentin Skinner (text | text extract)

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