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“Trinity Global Humanities Lecture Series 2024”

Event Dates:
1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd May 2024
Winstanley Lecture Theatre (Trinity College)
Mr Burhan Sonmez
University of Cambridge
Trinity Global Humanities Lecture Series 2024 presents ” Homo Artifex”

The Trinity Global Humanities Lecture Series is a joint initiative from Trinity College and the Global Humanities Initiative based at the School of Arts and Humanities.

The Trinity Global Humanities Lecture Series showcases major figures working at the forefront of the humanities globally. Each Lecturer comes to Cambridge for an intensive month of engagement, during which they will give four to five lectures that speak to common concerns and excitements in the humanities today, meet with Cambridge scholars and students, and live and work at Trinity College. The series prioritizes new voices less heard in Cambridge from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America.

The Global Humanities Initiative and Trinity College are delighted to invite you to their inaugural annual lecture series.

“Homo Artifex Lecture Series” with Burhan Sonmez (Novelist)

This series will focus on the meaning of art and its place in the history of human civilisation

Venue: Winstanley Lecture Theatre – Trinity College

Address: Trinity College New Court, Garret Hostel Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TJ


  • 1st May 2024 / Lecture 1: “Homo Artifex and the Soul of Art”
  • 8th May 2024 / Lecture 2: “From Truth to Beauty”
  • 15th May 2024 / Lecture 3: “Sophia’s Game in Art”
  • 22nd May 2024 / Lecture 4: “Orlando, Pinocchio and Homo Artifex”
Tickets available HERE  


About the Speaker:

Mr Burhan Sonmez

(Senior Member of Hughes Hall College and Trinity College, University of Cambridge)

Burhan Sonmez is a novelist and lawyer from Turkey. He is president of PEN International, the worldwide organisation of writers for freedom of expression. His novels have been translated into more than forty languages and received international prizes, including the EBRD Literature Prize, the Orhan Kemal Novel Award and Vaclav Havel Library Award. He translated the poetry book of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake into Turkish.

He received a Law degree from the University of Istanbul and worked as a lawyer before moving to Britain due to political reasons. Sonmez is a Senior Member of Hughes Hall and Trinity College, University of Cambridge. From Middle East Technical University in Ankara to The Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano he has given lectures on literature and freedom of expression in various universities.

He has been on the judging panel of several events, including Inge Feltrinelli Prize and Geneva International Film Festival and written for press such as La Repubblica, Der Spiegel and The Guardian.

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