Tanner Lectures to Consider 'Life of the Mind'
Psychologist Liam Hudson will explore “The Life of the Mind” when he presents this year’s Tanner Lectures on Human Values on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15.
The topic of the April 14 talk will be “Strangely Familiar: The Psychological Significance of Boundaries and of What Lies Beyond Them.” On April 15, he will speak on “The Visual Arts as Laboratories of Truth and Value.”
The talks represent complementary halves of the work that Mr. Hudson and his partner, Bernadine Jacot, have undertaken in the Balas Copartnership, where they pursue inquiries both in psychology and in the visual arts and design. They have jointly authored two books – “The Way Men Think” and “Intimate Relations.”
Mr. Hudson has written that “the life of the mind is governed by the need to reconcile the apparently irreconcilable.” His presentations at Yale will be “akin to conversation, sometimes fertile, sometimes baffling,” he notes, adding, “The lectures remain closely linked … Between them, they seek to define a territory within which discoveries about the life of the mind might in future be made.”
Both lectures are free and open to the public. They will take place at 4 p.m. in the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. A reception will follow the first talk. The Tanner Lectures on Human Values are sponsored by the Graduate School and the Whitney Humanities Center.