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Trinity launches Global Humanities Lecture Series

Trinity College has established an annual lecture series to bring scholars and writers to Cambridge, with a particular focus on voices from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

The Trinity Global Humanities Lecture Series is a collaboration with the Global Humanities Initiative at Cambridge’s School of Arts and Humanities.

Trinity Fellow Dr Carlos Fonseca said:

Each lecturer comes to Cambridge for an intensive month of engagement, during which they will give four to five lectures that speak to common concerns and excitements in the humanities today, meet with scholars and students, and live and work at Trinity College.

Burhan Sönmez at the Global Humanities Lecture Series.

Burhan Sönmez, a novelist and lawyer from Turkey, is the lecturer of the inaugural series, in which he explores the meaning of art and its role in the history of human civilisation.

The next lecture in Mr Sonmez’s ‘Homo Artifex Series’ is on Thursday 22 May in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre at 5:30pm. Recordings of the previous lectures are available.

Giving this inaugural series of talks as part of the Trinity Global Humanities Lecture Series and exchanging ideas with fellow academics encourages me to explore and visit different fields. Just as every book invites new books, every lecture invites new dialogues. This is a place where intellectual curiosity is nurtured. I feel privileged for being a voice in this important opening.

Mr Sönmez is President of PEN International, the worldwide organisation of writers for freedom of expression. His novels have been translated into more than 40 languages and received many prizes, including the EBRD Literature Prize, the Orhan Kemal Novel Award and Vaclav Havel Library Award.

After completing a Law degree from the University of Istanbul and working as a lawyer, Mr Sönmez moved to Britain due to political reasons. He is a Senior Member of Trinity College and Hughes Hall College.

The Trinity Global Humanities Lecture Series is part of Cambridge’s Global Humanities Initiative that includes a network, established in 2020, aimed at transforming the way Cambridge scholars teach, research, and think about the humanities.

The network, anchored at Cambridge University, brings together leading universities from around the world including Fudan and Nanjing Universities in China, Ashoka University in India, the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, Universidad Diego Portales in Chile, and Sabanci University in Turkey.

Dr Fonseca said:

The main idea is to bring students and faculty together in new ways to create the global connections, the structures, and the energy that will enable radical new ways of engaging in and directing the humanities for the benefit of all.

Find out more about the Trinity Global Humanities Lecture Series.

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