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Tanner lectures focus on 'empires,' April 19-20

Emma Rothschild, director of the Centre for History and Economics and a fellow of King's College at the University of Cambridge, will deliver the Tanner Lectures on Human Values Wednesday and Thursday, April 19-20.

She will address the topic, "The Inner Life of Empires," at 4:30 p.m. each day in McCosh 50. She intends to explore the history of values by looking at a family from Scotland, the Johnstones, at a time of transformation in Britain's overseas empire in the mid- to late-18th century.

The first lecture, "The Johnstones and the Empire," will examine some of the difficulties involved in writing a history of values, including the values of individuals who were not themselves theorists or philosophers. The second lecture, "The History of Sentiments," will conclude the story of the Johnstones, and of their involvement with the East Indies, Africa and America.

Two scholars will serve as commentators for each lecture.

Rothschild is the author of "Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment" (Harvard University Press, 2001). She has written extensively on economic history and the history of economic thought, and is completing a new book about the East India Co. and the American Revolution.

The lectures are sponsored by the University Center for Human Values.

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