Thursday 19 September 18:45 - 21:00

Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street

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Stephen Green: The Human Odyssey - East, West and the Search for Universal Values


This event is part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2019. #AsiaLitFest ‘Erudite, bold and wide-ranging – a book that makes you think about knowledge, wisdom and what the future has in store.’ — Peter Frankopan, Senior Research Fellow, Worcester College, Oxford, and author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World ‘Ranging from Japan to Iceland, and from Babylon to the Belt and Road Initiative, this is a book of remarkable sweep and scope - not just learned, but deeply humane.” — Tom Holland, author of Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind Join us for the launch of this exciting new book, on the date of publication. Please note that this is not a ticketed event but you must pre-register. Due to limited availability, we will be in touch closer to the event if your registration has been successful. ' The long human odyssey of self-discovery has reached a crucial stage: everything we do affects everyone and everything else – and we know it. The next hundred years will bring more change than we can easily imagine: more opportunities for more people to achieve the fulfilment of a good life, and more risks that could result in catastrophic harm to the whole planet than we have ever known before...we will gain immeasurably in our individuality and in our humanity if we are open to learn the wisdom of others...The more we learn about each other, the more we discover the commonalities of human experience. For we discover ourselves fully only as we discover the other.' Stephen Green Over the last 3 decades, the Eurasian land mass –  which stretches from Ireland to Vladivostok - has experienced a period of extraordinary change, including the emergence of entire new cities, the spread of mobile telecommunications and the digital revolution. Stephen Green has travelled extensively through Eurasia during this time, and he has experienced many things which reflect the endless human search for beauty and worth, the numbing power of human evil, and the degradation of the environment. Now, in The Human Odyssey, he asks: where are we heading next? In doing so, he focuses on two key questions: - How can the world views of China and the US (one fundamentally Confucian and the other essentially individualist) be constructively synthesised?  - How will the irreversible fact of urbanisation nurture the growth of human individuality and identity? Spanning politics, history, metaphysics, philosophy, religion, the arts, environmental studies, geography, social economics and more, The Human Odyssey is particularly relevant given the UK's current identity crisis, and as we pause to consider what the future will hold for our children and grandchildren.  This event includes audience Q&A, a book signing and drinks reception. About Lord Stephen Green Lord Green was appointed Chairman of Asia House in January 2017, bringing with him extensive international business and governmental experience. He was Minister of State for Trade and Investment from 2011 to 2013, responsible for all matters relating to trade and investment in both the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Prior to entering government, Lord Green was Group Chairman of HSBC from 2006 until 2010. Lord Green is a respected commentator on world trade and Asian affairs, and regularly writes on these issues. He is also Chairman of the Natural History Museum Board of Trustees. He was made a life peer on 16 November 2010 as Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint. This event is part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2019. Back for its 13th year running, the Festival is bringing some of the biggest names and rising stars from the written word together for a celebration of Asian literature. Taking place from September to November 2019, the UK’s only pan-Asian literature festival presents words, stories and ideas from Asia and the diaspora. From live performances to public talks and animated discussions, the festival will celebrate Asia – a region that we define as running from Turkey to Tokyo – in all its glory. Sign up to our mailing list for all the latest on this year’s Festival events, and visit our Eventbrite profile to book more tickets! 

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