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2016 Annual Humanities Horizons Lecture

Understanding the Value of Arts and Culture

The Trinity Long Room Hub Humanities Horizons Lecture for 2016 will be delivered by Professor Geoffrey Crossick (Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the School of Advanced Study, University of London and Director of the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Cultural Value Project).

Abstract: How should we understand the difference that arts and culture makes to individuals and to society? The case is too often presented in terms of benefits that are thought to be important to the government of the day while neglecting some of the more fundamental benefits that matter to us all. Do we need to think again about how we discuss these issues, not make claims that cannot be easily substantiated, and also show that the arts and humanities methods have a good deal to offer as we seek evidence for the difference that arts and culture makes.

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