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2019 Berlin Family Lectures, Teju Cole, Lecture 3 of 3

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Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

915 East 60th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

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During the course of three lectures focused on "Coming to Our Senses," acclaimed author, critic, and photographer Teju Cole explores what it means to be a sensing being. Through personal accounts and literary examples, Cole will examine how the physical senses—and not only the traditional five of sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch—inform our experiences, open us up to epiphany, and shape our ethics.

Please note that attendees must register separately for the three Berlin Family Lectures.

Lecture 3: Ethics

How do our senses foster our moral understanding and ethical obligations to others? By thinking through how our senses can help us understand the plight of travelers and migrants, Cole implores us to recognize the mutual and unshirkable responsibilities that bind all human beings.


The Berlin Family Lecture series are sponsored by Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin, Chicago philanthropists and longtime supporters of the University of Chicago. Randy Lamm Berlin, AM’77, is a former lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and a member and past chairperson of the Humanities Council at the Division of the Humanities. Melvin R. Berlin is Chairman Emeritus and founder of Berlin Packaging, LLC. The Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Lectures are named in honor of their gift to the Division of the Humanities.

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