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Catalan philosopher and politician to deliver U-M’s EUC Annual Distinguished Lecture on Europe
The Center for European Studies-European Union Center (CES-EUC) at the University of Michigan is pleased to welcome Xavier Rubert de Ventós on April 20, 2011 to deliver the EUC Annual Distinguished Lecture on Europe, titled “The Origins of European Pluralism.” Professor de Ventós teaches aesthetics at the Barcelona School of Architecture. In his talk he will address the following questions: What are the relationships between globalization and European identities? Will Europe become a space where individuals with different identities are not hierarchically ordered, or will it become again a space so preoccupied with exclusive identification to endanger its own self-preservation?
During his distinguished academic and political career, Professor de Ventós has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley and the Santayana Fellow at Harvard University. He is a founding member of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the “Cátedra Barcelona – New York.” As a politician, he has been a member of the Spanish Parliament and the European Parliament. Some of his main works are translated into English: Self-Defeated Man. Personal Identity and Beyond (1975), Heresies in Modern Art (1979), and The Hispanic Labyrinth (1991).