What does it mean to be an individual and also a member of a community? Can one's identity exist seperately from the culture the indivudual is raised in and belongs to? If not, to what degree might individual perceptions, emotions, beliefs, values, and the experience of one's self be shaped and changed by shifts in the attitudes and mindsets of a particular culture?
These are some of the issues that were discussed in the lecture titled "Identity and Culture" which we presented in this week's show. The lecture was presented by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen earlier this month as part of a six-lecture series that he is delivering at Boston University on the topic of "The Future of Identity."
Amartya Sen won the 1998 Nobel Prize in economics and is the first scholar to hold the visiting professorship at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University.
This program aired on February 24, 2002.