Reception: 6 pm
Discussion: 6:30 pm
Program ends: 7:30 pm
Location: Bradbury Building
Political theorist Lea Ypi’s memoir Free is a mordantly witty and profound story of her childhood growing up in communist Albania and her teenage years witnessing the collapse of the entire ideological and political order of the Hoxha dictatorship.
Ypi, in dialog with Berggruen Institute Senior Vice President Nils Gilman, will discuss how these experiences helped form her ideas as a political theorist, and how the rapid political changes she witnessed as a child have shaped her own views of the roles of language and imagination in politics.
About the Speakers:
Lea Ypi is a Professor of Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an Honorary Professor in Philosophy at the Australian National University. A native of Albania, she has degrees in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Rome La Sapienza, a PhD from the European University Institute, and was a Post-Doctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University.
She is the author of Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency, The Meaning of Partisanship (with Jonathan White), and The Architectonic of Reason, all published by Oxford University Press. Her latest book, a philosophical memoir entitled Free: Coming of Age at the End of History, published by Penguin Press in the UK and W.W. Norton & Company in North America, won the 2022 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Slightly Foxed First Biography Prize and is being translated into more than twenty languages. Her academic work has been recognized with the British Academy Prize for Excellence in Political Science and the Leverhulme Prize for Outstanding Research Achievement. She coedits The Journal of Political Philosophy and occasionally writes for The Guardian.
Dr. Nils Gilman is Senior Vice President of Programs at the Berggruen Institute, in which capacity he oversees the Institute’s research programs, heads its resident fellowship program, and serves as Deputy Editor of Noema Magazine. He has previously worked as Associate Chancellor at the University of California Berkeley, as Research Director at the Monitor Group and Global Business Network, and at various enterprise software companies including Salesforce.com. Gilman has won the Sidney Award (for long-form journalism) from the New York Times and an Albie Award (for international political economy) from The Washington Post.
He is the author of Mandarins of the Future: Modernization Theory in Cold War America (2004), Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century (2011), Children of a Modest Star: Governing in a Planetary Age (forthcoming), as well as numerous articles on intellectual history and political economy. He holds a B.A. M.A. and Ph.D. in History from U.C. Berkeley.