Isaiah Berlin Lectures

This lecture series was endowed through a bequest from Sir Isaiah Berlin FBA. Each lecture was intended to appraise the contemporary condition of any one of the fields of learning with which the Academy is concerned. The first lecture was delivered in 2001, the last in 2015.

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)

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)

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