Award-winning sociologist to give 2014 Tanner Lectures on Human Values

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Bruno%20Latour.jpgSociologist and anthropologist of science Bruno Latour will deliver the second series of Tanner Lectures on Human Values March 26-27.

The theme of Latour’s lectures is “How Better to Register the Agency of Things.” Latour will give the first talk, titled “Semiotics,” on Wednesday, March 26, and the second, “Ontology,” on Thursday, March 27. Both will take place at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. Latour will be joined by Yale scholars Philip Gorski, Daniel Kevles, Joanna Radin, and Adam Tooze for a roundtable discussion on Friday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. The lectures and the panel discussion are free and open to the public.

Latour is a professor at Sciences Po Paris and director of its media lab, which is a collaborative digital platform to promote research among social scientists, engineers, and designers. From 2007 to 2012, he served as vice-president of research at Sciences Po. Previously, he held teaching appointments at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation at the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Paris, the University of California-San Diego, the London School of Economics, and Harvard University.

In addition to his work in philosophy, history, sociology, and the anthropology of science, Latour has collaborated on many studies in science policy and research management. His publications include “Laboratory Life: The Social Construction of Scientific Facts,” “Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society,” and “The Pasteurization of France.”

Latour has also curated two major international exhibitions at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, titled “Iconoclash: Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion, and Art” and “Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy.” In 2013, Latour was awarded the Holberg Memorial Prize for his contributions to humanities and social science.

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. For more information email whitneyhumanitiescenter@yale.edu or call 203-432-0670.

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