2018 Tanner Lectures to explore ‘Borders in the Age of Networks’

Achille Mbembe
In March, the Cameroonian scholar Achille Mbembe (pictured) will deliver a series of three Tanner Lectures on the theme of “Borders in the Age of Networks.”

Borders in the Age of Networks” is the topic of the 2018 Tanner Lectures on Human Values, sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

Achille Mbembe, research professor in history and politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, will give the first of three Tanner Lectures on Tuesday, March 27. The second, “The Idea of a Borderless World,” will take place on Wednesday, March 28. Both talks will begin at 5 p.m. in the WHC auditorium. Mbembe will be joined by Yale faculty for further discussion at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 29.

Mbembe holds a Ph.D. in history from the Université de Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne and a D.E.A. in politics from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the author of “On the Postcolony,” “Critique of Black Reason,” and “Politiques de l’inimitié.” He has published extensively in fields such as African history, politics and aesthetics, and critical theory. His work has been translated in many languages including English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Mbembe holds many awards, including the 2015 Geschwister Scholl Preis for his “Kritik der schwarzen Vernunft.”

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values were established by the American scholar, industrialist, and philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner, who hoped that these lectures would contribute to the intellectual and moral life of humankind. Both lectures and the discussion are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Whitney Humanities Center at 203-432-0670 or email [email protected].

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