Culture and the Gift Economy

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Horchow Hall

55 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

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In a world that seems addicted to measuring every aspect of human activity in terms that are almost exclusively economic, what role can there be for culture? How can the impact of the arts be measured? Are alternative types of value systems required to help explain the importance and worth of culture?

Beginning with the origins of the Edinburgh International Festival, Jonathan Mills, the Festival’s former director, explores the role an arts festival plays in building social and economic confidence at a time of financial hardship and mistrust, in a wide-ranging lecture that touches on the groundbreaking work of anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski and the idea of a “gift economy.”

Mills joined the Yale School of Music’s faculty as a Visiting Professor of Music for the fall 2018 semester. Known for his directorship, from 2006 until 2014, of the internationally celebrated Edinburgh International Festival, Mills has also led prestigious festivals in Australia. He is recognized around the world for his thought-provoking compositions, including the oratorio Sandakan Threnody, for which he won a 2005 Prix Italia. Mills holds a bachelor of music degree in composition from the University of Sydney and a master of architecture degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011 and knighted in 2013.

This event, hosted by the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, is open to the Yale community only. Lunch included.

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