George Steiner geeft lezing aan Tilburg University

Op de lustrumviering van de Tilburg School of Humanities op dinsdag 6 november houdt George Steiner, cultuurfilosoof en intimus van het Nexus Instituut, de keynote speech. In zijn lezing, getiteld Universitas?, stelt Steiner zich de vraag in hoeverre de hedendaagse universiteiten nog het ideaal weerspiegelen van universitas, van universele kennis. Gratis toegang na aanmelding.

George Steiner(1929) is a writer, a literary scholar and a cultural philosopher. He was born in Paris. In 1940 he moved with his family to the United States. After his literary studies at the University of Chicago he became one of the most important cultural scholars of our age. Steiner has lectured and lived in Cambridge, England, since 1961. He has held chairs in comparative literature at universities in Geneva and Oxford.

Important themes in his work are the history of European and Jewish culture and literature. He achieved world fame with his books Tolstoy or Dostoevsky. An essay in the old Criticism (1959), The Death of Tragedy (1961), Language and Silence (1967), In Bluebeard’s Castle: Some Notes towards the Redefinition of Culture (1971), After Babel (1975), Real Presences (1986), No Passion Spent: Essays 1978-1995 (1996), his autobiography Errata (1998), Grammars of Creation (2001), Lessons of the Masters (2004), The Idea of Europe (2004), Dix raisons (possibles) à la tristesse de la pensée (2005), My unwritten books (2008) en At The New Yorker (2009). His most recent book is The Poetry Thought (2012).

In the Netherlands, he became known to the general public especially through his participation in Wim Kayzer’s 1989 VPRO Television Documentary series Nauwgezet en Wanhopig and Kayzers’s 2000 VPRO discussion program Van de Schoonheid en de Troost. George Steiner has graced Tilburg with his presence before at the Nexus Lecture 2003, The Idea of Europe.


Date: 6 November, 11.00 – 13.00h
Location: Auditorium, Cobbenhagen Building
For whom: free entrance after registration
Conducted in English