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Lorraine Daston, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany discussed together, "The Origins of Norms: The Place of Value in a World of Nature," as part of a three day conference jointly sponsored with The Philoctetes Center.

Hermione Lee, Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, New College gave the Lionel Trilling Seminar on "The Hum and Buzz of Implication: Biography and Edith Wharton."  Andrew Delbanco of Columbia University and Jean Strouse, Director of the Cullman Center, New York Public Library, served as respondents.

Oliver Sacks is a physician, best-selling author, and professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He spoke on "Music and Mind," with Eric Kandel, Nobel Laureate and University Professor at Columbia University, serving as chair.

Princeton Professor K. Anthony Appiah interviewed African novelist Nuruddin Farah about his recently released novel, Knots.

A public conversation between Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate economist, and Prabhat Patnaik, perhaps India's most distinguished left wing economist.

This event, on March 25, 2005, celebrated the abiding influence and relevance of Bob Dylan to music, culture, and politics. Bob Dylan is the most iconic popular musician of our time, with an influence that reaches far beyond music. He is a poet, a bard, a thinker, a cultural critic, and most recently a writer of amazing talent and deep honesty.

This event featured Greil Marcus, Christopher Ricks, Sean Wilentz who spoke on the abiding influence and relevance of Bob Dylan to music, culture, and politics.