Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

Françoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman

Françoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman
Conversation with Françoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman
September 28 | 7:00 p.m.

Françoise Mouly has been the art editor of The New Yorker since 1993, where she has overseen more than fourteen hundred covers. Many of these have been named cover of the year by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). In 1978, she and Art Spiegelman, her husband and frequent collaborator, co-founded the groundbreaking comics anthology RAW. Together they also edited the New York Times-bestselling Little Lit series and the TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics.

Ms. Mouly is the publisher, designer and editorial director of TOON Books, which she and Spiegelman launched in 2008. TOON Books is an imprint of comics for early readers and has garnered numerous awards including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award given to “the most distinguished” book for beginning readers. In 2001, she was named Chevalier in the order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and in 2011, she was awarded France’s highest honor, the Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur. She has received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and multiple awards including the Richard Gangel Art Director Award from the Society of Illustrators. In September 2014, she was awarded the Eric Carle Museum Bridge Award for “sustained achievement in the realm of the illustrated book for young people.” In November 2015, Ms. Mouly received the Smithsonian magazine’s Ingenuity Award for her work in education, calling her a “transformative figure in comics.” In 2021, Ms. Mouly was inducted in the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.

Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus— which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content.

A major exhibition of his work was arranged by Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of the “15 Masters of 20th Century Comics” exhibit (November 2005). In 2005, Art Spiegelman was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and in 2006 he was named to the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame. He was made an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2007 and—the American equivalent—played himself on an episode of “The Simpsons” in 2008. In 2011, Art Spiegelman won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, marking only the third time an American has received the honor (the other two were Will Eisner and Robert Crumb). The honor also included a retrospective exhibition of his artwork, shown in the Pompidou Center and travelling to the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Jewish Museum in NYC, and the last stop at the AGO Art Gallery of Ontario. The accompanying book is CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps. In 2015 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2018 he received the Edward MacDowell Medal, the first-ever given in comic art.

This event coincides with the recent opening of a major exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art, Alternative American Comics, 1980–2000: “Raw,” “Weirdo,” and Beyond, featuring Mouly’s and Speigelman’s work.

Cosponsored by the Boston College McMullen Museum of Art, Center for Jewish/Christian Learning, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy, American Studies Program, Literature Core Program, English Department, History Department, Art, Art History and Film Department.

Natsu Taylor Saito

Natsu Taylor Saito
Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law: Why Structural Racism Persists

October 6, 2022


Natsu Taylor Saito teaches public international law and international human rights; seminars in race and the law, federal Indian law, and indigenous rights; and professional responsibility. She has served as advisor to the Asian American Law Student Association, the Latinx and Caribbean Law Student Association, the Immigration Law Society, and the student chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Saito’s scholarship focuses on the legal history of race in the United States, the plenary power doctrine as applied to immigrants, American Indians, and U.S. territorial possessions, and the human rights implications of U.S. governmental policies, particularly with regard to the suppression of political dissent. Her most recent book, Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law: Why Structural Racism Persists, was released in 2020 (NYU Press).

After receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1987, Saito worked for various law firms, and taught as an adjunct at Emory University School of Law prior to joining the Georgia State Law faculty. She is a member of the Georgia Bar and has served on the Committee on the Involvement of Women & Minorities in the Profession and the Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts.

In 1993, Saito helped found the Georgia Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and has served on the Boards of the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Professors, the Paideia School, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, as well as the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). She remains active on SALT’s Academic Freedom Committee and in the Georgia Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Saito has served as co-director of the Human Rights Research Fund, as an expert consultant to the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, and as a scholarly advisor to the National Japanese American Historical Society.

Cosponsored by the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the Forum on Racial Justice in America. This lecture is also the keynote address for the symposium, "Structural Racism in the United States: Engaging the Interstices of Migration, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, and the Legacies of Settler Colonialism" which continues on Oct. 7.

Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong
Fiction Days and Poetry Days Present Ocean Vuong: Time Is a Mother

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
7:00 p.m. | Gasson

Ocean Vuong’s striking body of work contains timeless themes of class, queerness, and identity. His New York Times-bestselling novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, is an evocative coming-of-age epistolary and lyrical work of self-discovery and diaspora. Framed as a letter from a son to his mother, this shattering portrait of family, first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling asks how to survive, how to find joy in darkness, and the meaning of American identity—questions that power the most important debut novel of many years.

Vuong erupted on to the literary scene in 2016 with his first poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, for which he became only the second debut poet to win the T.S. Eliot Prize. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, Vuong’s honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize. He is also the winner of the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. In 2019 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, the youngest recipient of the grant in that year’s class.

Ocean Vuong’s writing has been featured in The Atlantic, Harpers, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the American Poetry Review. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 “Leading Global Thinker,” alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Justin Trudeau, Vuong was also named an “Essential Asian American Writer” by Buzzfeed Books and has been profiled by NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS’s NewsHour, Teen Vogue, Vice, The Fantastic Man, and The New Yorker.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Ocean Vuong was raised in Hartford, CT and now lives in Northampton, MA, where he serves as an Associate Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Cosponsored by the Boston College Fiction Days Series, Poetry Days Series, American Studies Program, Literature Core Program, Asian American Studies Program and the English Department.

Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Wednesday, October 26, 2023
7:00 p.m. | Devlin Hall, 110

What if, in the middle of your live TV appearance, someone asked for advice on overcoming racial prejudice? For Heather McGhee, the response was natural: she helped. Her deeply personal experiences come together in The Sum Of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. An analysis of how we arrived at this divided nation, The Sum of Us illuminates how racism is at the root of some of our most vexing public problems, from collapsing infrastructure to rising student debt. But at the heart of the book are humble stories of people yearning to be a part of a better America, including white supremacy’s collateral victims: white people themselves. Hailed as “illuminating and hopeful,” the critically acclaimed book spent 10 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. It will soon be adapted into a Spotify podcast series by Michelle and Barack Obama, as well as a young adult reader’s version by Random House Children’s Books.

For nearly two decades, McGhee helped build the non-partisan “think and do” tank Demos, serving four years as president. Under her leadership, Demos moved their original idea for “debt-free college” into the center of the 2016 presidential debate, argued before the Supreme Court to protect voting rights in January 2018, and provided expert testimony to Congressional committees, including a Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

An influential voice in the media and an NBC contributor, McGhee regularly appears on NBC’s Meet the Press and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Deadline White House, and All In. Her opinions, writing, and research have appeared in numerous outlets, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico and National Public Radio.

McGhee holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. She currently serves as a Visiting Lecturer in Urban Studies at the City University of New York’s School of Labor and Urban Studies. She has also held visiting positions at Yale University’s Brady-Johnson Grand Strategy Program and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. McGhee is the Chair of the Board of Color of Change, the country’s largest online racial justice organization, and serves on multiple other boards of trustees, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Demos.

Cosponsored by the Boston College Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, Park Street Corporation Speaker Series, the PULSE Program for Service Learning, and the Forum on Racial Justice in America .

Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Merry Wiesner-Hanks
“Migrants and Missionaries: Women Take the Reformations Around the World”

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
7:00 p.m. | Gasson 100

Merry Wiesner-Hanks is a historian of early modern Europe, and also a world/global historian, whose work has been central to the integration of women, gender, and sexuality into both fields. Now Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she is the long-time senior editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal, former editor of the Journal of Global History, and the editor-in-chief of the seven-volume Cambridge World History (2015). She is the author or editor of thirty books and many articles that have appeared in ten European and Asian languages, and are widely used in teaching around the world, from middle school through graduate school. These include: What Is Early Modern History? (Polity, 2021); Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice (Routledge, 3rd ed. 2020); (with Urmi Engineer Willoughby) A Primer for Teaching Women, Gender, and Sexuality in World History (Duke, 2018); A Concise History of the World (Cambridge, 2015). She is currently editing, with Mathew Kuefler, the four-volume Cambridge World History of Sexualities.

Cosponsored by the Boston College History Department.

Seyla Benhabib

Seyla Benhabib
The Seductions of Sovereignty: A Democratic and Cosmopolitan Critique

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
7:00 p.m. | Gasson 100 

Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy Emerita at Yale University where she taught from 2001 to 2020. She is currently Senior Research Fellow and Professor Adjunct of Law at Columbia University, and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Philosophy. She is also a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.

She was the President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2006-07 and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1995. She has previously taught at the New School for Social Research and Harvard Universities, where she was Professor of Government from 1993-2000 and Chair of Harvard’s Program on Social Studies from 1996-2000.

Professor Benhabib is the recipient of the Ernst Bloch prize for 2009, the Leopold Lucas Prize from the Theological Faculty of the University of Tubingen (2012), and the Meister Eckhart Prize (2014; one of Germany’s most prestigious philosophical prizes). A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient (2011-12), she has been research affiliate and senior scholar in many institutions in the US and in Europe including Berlin’s Wissenschaftskolleg (2009), NYU Strauss Center for the Study of Law and Justice (2012), the European University Institute in Florence (Summer 2015), Center for Gender Studies at Cambridge University ( Spring 2017), Columbia University Law School (Spring 2016; Spring 2018) and Center for Humanities and Critical Theory, Humboldt University Berlin (Summer 2018).

Her work has been translated into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish, Swedish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, Polish, Japanese and Chinese and she has also edited and coedited 10 volumes on topics ranging from democracy and difference to the rights of migrant women and children; the communicative ethics controversy and Hannah Arendt. The volume, Migrations and Mobilities: Gender, Borders and Citizenship (NYU Press, 2009), co-edited with Judith Resnik from the Yale Law School has been named by Choice one of the outstanding academic books of the year.

Her books include: The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era, (2002); The Rights of Others: Aliens, Citizens and Residents (2004), winner of the Ralph Bunche award of the American Political Science Association (2005) and the North American Society for Social Philosophy award (2004); Another Cosmopolitanism: Hospitality, Sovereignty and Democratic Iterations, with responses by Jeremy Waldron, Bonnie Honig and Will Kymlicka (Oxford University Press, 2006); Dignity in Adversity: Human Rights in Troubled Times (UK and USA: Polity Press, 2011); Equality and Difference: Human Dignity and Popular Sovereignty. Bilingual edition in English and German: (Mohr Siebeck, 2013—edited together with Volker Kaul); and Toward New Democratic Imaginaries: Istanbul Seminars on Islam, Culture, and Politics (Springer 2016). Her most recent book is, Exile, Statelessness and Migration: Playing Chess with History from Hannah Arendt to Isaiah Berlin (Princeton University Press, 2018).

Cosponsored by the Boston College International Studies Program and the Global Citizenships Project.

Francis X. Clooney

Annual Candlemas Lecture: Francis X. Clooney
On the Edge: Reflections on Being a Catholic Intellectual amid Many Religions

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
7:00 p.m. | Gasson 100

Francis X. Clooney, S.J., is the Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School. He taught at Boston College from 1984 until 2005. He is generally recognized as the father of the contemporary field of comparative theology and he has published numerous books in the area of Hindu-Christian comparative theology. He has also written on the Jesuit missionary tradition, particularly in India, on the early Jesuit pan-Asian discourse on reincarnation, and on the dynamics of dialogue and interreligious learning in the contemporary world. Recent books include Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics: Why and How It Matters (University of Virgina Press, 2019) and Western Jesuit Scholars in India: Tracing Their Paths, Reassessing Their Goals (Brill, 2020), and St. Joseph in South India: Poetry, Mission and Theology in Costanzo Gioseffo Beschi’s Tēmpāvaṇi. (de Nobili Research Library Series, Vienna 2022). He is currently President of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Cosponsored by the Theology Department

Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín
“Writing Thomas Mann: Fact into Fiction”

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
7:00 p.m. | Gasson 100

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. He studied at University College Dublin and lived in Barcelona between 1975 and 1978. Out of his experience in Barcelona be produced two books, the novel The South and Homage to Barcelona, both published in 1990.

His more recent novels include: The Master (2004, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize; the Prix du Meilleur Livre; the LA Times Novel of the Year; and shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Brooklyn (2009, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year), The Testament of Mary (2012, Booker Prize Shortlist), Nora Webster (2014, winner of the Hawthornden Prize), House of Names (2017, Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, The Guardian, The Boston Globe) and The Magician (2021, The Rathbones Folio Prize).

His short story collections are Mothers and Sons (2006, winner of the Edge Hill Prize) and The Empty Family (2010, Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award). His play “Beauty in a Broken Place” was performed at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin in 2004. In 2011, his play “Testament”, directed by Garry Hynes, was performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival with Marie Mullen in the lead role. Also in 2011, his memoir, A Guest at the Feast was published by Penguin UK as a Kindle original.

When Tóibín returned to Ireland in 1978 he worked as a journalist. His journalism from the 1980s was collected in The Trial of the Generals (1990). His travel writer work includes Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border (1987) and The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe (1994). Recent non-fiction books also include Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce (2018), On Elizabeth Bishop (2012) and New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and their Families (2012).

Tóibín’s writing has been translated into more than thirty languages. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a contributing editor at the London Review of Books. Between 2006 and 2013 he was a member of the Irish Arts Council. He has twice been Visiting Stein Writer at Stanford University and has also been a visiting writing at the University of Texas at Austin. He taught at Princeton from 2009 to 2011 and was Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester in 2011. He is currently Mellon Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia and Chancellor of Liverpool University.

Cosponsored by the Boston College Irish Studies Program and Fiction Days Series.

Imani Perry

Imani Perry
South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
7:00 p.m. | Gasson 100

Born just nine years after the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, Imani Perry was instilled from an early age with a strong instinct for justice and progressive change. The rich interplay between history, race, law, and culture continues to inform her work as a critically acclaimed author and the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.

Perry’s work reflects the deeply complex history of Black thought, art, and imagination. It is also informed by her background as a legal historian and her understanding of the racial inequality embedded in American law. Her latest book, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, is a narrative journey through the American South, positioning it as the heart of the American experiment for better and worse. In looking at the South through a historic, personal, and anecdotal lens, Perry asserts that if we do indeed want to build a more humane future for the United States, we must center our concern below the Mason-Dixon Line. A “rich and imaginative tour of a crucial piece of America” (Publishers Weekly) that was named one of TIME‘s most anticipated books of 2022, it debuted on The New York Times bestsellers list.

Perry’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, and Harper’s, among other publications. Future planned projects include an examination of African American theories of law and justice, and a meditation on the color blue in Black life. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University, a JD from Harvard Law School, an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Yale College in Literature and American Studies.

Perry is a member of Black Artists for Freedom. She lives outside Philadelphia with her two sons.

Cosponsored by the Boston College African and African Diaspora Program, Law School, and History Department

Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie
Defending Democracy? The Political Role of Journalism

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
7:00 p.m. | Gasson 100

Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times and former political analyst for CBS News, covers U.S. politics, public policy, elections, and race.

Jamelle’s political instincts provide audiences with unique insight on the past, present, and future of our national politics, policy, and the state of race relations. As he did while writing for Slate and the Daily Beast, Jamelle shares eye-opening perspectives on issues concerning the issues at play in America today.

Jamelle Bouie appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation. His writings have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, TIME, and The New Yorker. Jamelle uses his unique perspective to take audiences to the front lines of the nation’s most significant news events, from civil unrest to political partisanship. He has emerged as a leading voice on the national scene, being named to Forbes “30 Under 30 in Media” in 2015.

Jamelle stimulates provocative, much-needed thinking on critical national affairs issues. He helps audiences analyze current events through the lens of human history and in the age of social media. He deftly illustrates how the past reveals itself in the present, and how policy-makers, citizen activists and cultural influencers can seize the power of information to make a difference.

Cosponsored by the Boston College Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy and the Journalism Program. Jamelle’s lecture serves as the opening keynote for the Clough Center’s Spring Symposium on “Journalism and Democracy" taking place on campus March 16th and 17th. Please register here: http://bit.ly/3XH3ida

Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson
“The Future of Climate, Technology, and Society”

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
7:00 p.m. | Gasson 100

Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the international bestselling Mars trilogy, and more recently New York 2140, Aurora, Shaman, Green Earth, and 2312, which was a New York Times bestseller nominated for all seven of the major science fiction awards—a first for any book. He was sent to the Antarctic by the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers’ Program in 1995 and returned in their Antarctic media program in 2016. In 2008 he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and UC San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. His work has been translated into 25 languages, and won a dozen awards in five countries, including the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy awards. In 2016 he was given the Heinlein Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction, and asteroid 72432 was named “Kimrobinson.” In 2017, he was given the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society. A prolific writer and speaker, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Nature, and Wired, among many others, and he has lectured at more than one hundred institutions over the last 25 years. His novel, The Ministry for the Future, was selected as one of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020. His most recent book, The High Sierra: A Love Story (May 2022) is a non-fiction exploration of Robinson’s years spent hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains, one of the most compelling places on Earth.

Cosponsored by the Boston College Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies Program, the Lynch School's Center for Psychological Humanities and Ethics, the English Department, and the Institute for the Liberal Arts.

Dipesh Chakrabarty

Dipesh Chakrabarty
"The Planetary Turn in Human History”

Wednesday, April 13, 2023
7:00 p.m. | Gasson 100

Dipesh Chakrabarty holds a BSc degree from Presidency College, University of Calcutta, a postgraduate Diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a PhD in History from the Australian National University. He is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is the Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Delhi, a faculty fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, an associate of the Department of English, and by courtesy, a faculty member in the Law School.

His publications include several monographs and many articles including Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton, 2000; 2008); The Climate of History in a Planetary Age (Chicago, 2021); and One Planet, Many Worlds (Brandeis, forthcoming 2023).

He is a founding member of the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies, a consulting editor of Critical Inquiry, a founding editor of Postcolonial Studies and has served on the editorial boards of the American Historical Review and Public Culture. He was one of the founding editors of the series South Asia Across the Disciplines. He served on the Board of Experts for non-Western art for the Humboldt Forum in Berlin and was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Center for Global Cooperation Research (Bonn and Essen) for a few years from 2012. He is also an Associate in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney, 2018-2022.

Chakrabarty is the recipient of the 2014 Toynbee Foundation Prize for his contributions to global history and of the 2019 Tagore Memorial Prize awarded by the Government of West Bengal for his book The Crises of Civilization. He was awarded the degree of DLitt (Honoris Causa) by the University of London (conferred at Goldsmiths) in 2010 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 2011. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta (conferred on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Institute in 2011). He was elected an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2006 and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

Co-sponsored by The Park Street Corporation Speaker Series.