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October 22, 2013

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen to Deliver Kellogg Lecture on Jurisprudence Nov. 7

Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University and former Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, will deliver the 2013 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building at 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C. The lecture is titled "Justice: Disagreement and Objectivity."

The event, which is sponsored by the Library of Congress and administered by the Law Library of Congress, is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets are not required.

Born in India, Sen was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta and Trinity College, Cambridge. His research has included work on social choice theory and welfare economics (for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998), as well as development economics, causation of famines, theory of measurement, and moral and political philosophy. Sen has served as president of the Econometric Society, the American Economic Association, the Indian Economic Association and the International Economic Association.

Translated into more than 30 languages, Sen’s books include "Choice of Techniques" (1960), "Collective Choice and Social Welfare" (1970), "Poverty and Famines" (1982), "Commodities and Capabilities" (1987), "Development as Freedom" (1999), "Identity and Violence" (2006), and "The Idea of Justice" (2009).

Sen’s multinational awards include Bharat Ratna (India); Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur (France); National Humanities Medal (USA); Ordem do Merito Cientifico (Brazil); Honorary Companion of Honour (UK); Aztec Eagle (Mexico); George Marshall Award (USA); Edinburgh Medal (UK); Eisenhower Medal (USA); and the Nobel Prize in Economics.

The Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence presents the most distinguished contributors to international jurisprudence, judged through writings, reputation, and broad and continuing influence on contemporary legal scholarship. The series has been endowed by Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg.

Frederic Rogers Kellogg was born in Boston and attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney and later adviser to Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson during the Watergate crisis. He later earned a doctorate in jurisprudence at the George Washington University and published two books on Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A former Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, he is currently a Sir Neil MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Molly Shulman Kellogg was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in Kilgore. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963 and moved to Washington, D.C., where she served for 30 years as executive assistant to Congressman J.J. "Jake" Pickle of Austin. She co-chairs the board of the General Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston, Maine.

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PR 13-186
10/22/13
ISSN 0731-3527

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