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Past Events

Past EventsTuesday, February 24

The Quest for Identity

Baroness Susan Greenfield
Lisa Jardine

The nature of individual identity was dissected by two of Britain’s most outstanding intellectuals, renowned for their prominence inmany disciplines and their ability to make complicated issues understandable. They discussed human nature, our past, what makes us individual, the connection between the brain and the mind and what a society of fulfilled individuals would actually mean.

Baroness Susan Greenfield is Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University and Director of the Royal Institution in London. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the College of Physicians and has received 24 honorary degrees from universities all over the world. Neuroscientist, broadcaster and author, she has received the Michael Faraday medal from the Royal Society for developing public understanding of science and made the Daily Mail's 100 Most Influential Women in Britain list in 2003. She is based in Oxford.

Professor Lisa Jardine CBE is Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She writes for all the major UK national newspapers and magazines, and appears regularly on TV and radio. Lisa Jardine is the author of a number of best-selling general books, including Worldly Goods: A New History of the RenaissanceIngenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution, biographies of Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke and most recently Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory.

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