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The 2020 Michel Serres Distinguised Lecture with Thomas Piketty

The 2020 Michel Serres Distinguised Lecture with Thomas Piketty
Thu April 9th 2020, 5:30 - 7:30pm
CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305

Speaker(s): Thomas Piketty (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences; Paris School of Economics; London School of Economics)



In keeping with the Stanford University's guidance to event hosts this event has been canceled.

The Department of French and Italian presents The 2020 Michel Serres Distinguished Lecture with special guest Thomas Piketty, author and French economist, who will talk about his recent book, "Capital and Ideology".

Thomas Piketty teaches at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and at the École d’Économie de Paris, and is Centennial Professor at the International Inequalities Institute of London School of Economics. His book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014), which sold over 2.5 million books worldwide, provides a historical account of inequality in the past two centuries across Western Europe, the US, and Japan. A New York Time’s Best Seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century has laid the foundations for contemporary debate on the origins of income and wealth inequality. His latest book, Capital and Ideology (2020), examines the justification of inequality regimes at a global scale, spanning the West, India, Brazil, over several centuries. His analysis of the ideological foundation of wealth inequalities leads Piketty to argue for a new “participatory” socialism, a system founded on an ideology of equality, social property, education, and the sharing of knowledge and power.

Free and open to the public 

Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian, the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, the France-Stanford Center, The Europe Center, and the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University.