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A Humanist's Conversation with the Twentieth Century

Isaiah Berlin Lecture, delivered by Dr James H Billington, on Saturday 6 June 2009. The lecture was delivered at Wolfson College, Oxford, as part of 'Isaiah Berlin: A Centenary Celebration'.

Sir Isaiah Berlin OM CBE FBA, philosopher, historian of ideas and President of the British Academy, was one of the greatest public intellectuals of the twentieth century. Since 2001, the Academy has organised a lecture, endowed by Sir Isaiah under his will, which explores the contemporary condition of any of the fields of learning with which the Academy is concerned.

For 2009, to celebrate the centenary of Sir Isaiah's birth, the British Academy's Isaiah Berlin Lecture was amalgamated with Wolfson College's own Isaiah Berlin Lecture. The lecture was delivered by Dr James H Billington, Librarian of Congress.

It formed part of a day of celebratory events held at Wolfson College, Oxford, which Sir Isaiah helped to found, and of which he was first President.

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