By Our Correspondent
New Delhi: Penguin Random House India has announced the 12th edition of The Penguin Annual Lecture, in association with Landmark Bookstores.
The iconic annual publishing event will be held on 16 December 2018 at Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai. This year, renowned historian Yuval Noah Harari will deliver the lecture on ‘The New Challenges of the Twenty-first Century’.
Professor Harari will talk about the impending challenges that may surface in light of environmental and technological developments taking place. He will focus on the climate change affecting our ecosystem, the advent of new kinds of wars, including cyberwar, and the new technologies that might disrupt human society, especially with advancements made in biotechnology and artificial intelligence.
Professor Yuval Harari said: “I have had a long and fulfilling relationship with India. This is not my first visit, but this time is likely to be more special than others before. Penguin and I go way back and this lecture gives me the opportunity to bring parts of my books to life here in India. I am excited to initiate this discussion, seed a thought and perhaps even some ideas that will help people recognize and respond to the changes going around. India is one of the most dynamic countries where the old and new coexist, each finding space to fit and grow. This makes it unique and exciting for historians, such as myself, to witness how the nation thinks, reacts and adapts.”
Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in history from the University of Oxford, and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His two books, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, have become global bestsellers, with more than twelve million copies sold and translations in more than forty-five languages.
His most recent book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, is a probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Professor Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in.
Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO, Penguin Random House India and South East Asia said, ‘The Penguin Annual Lecture is an integral part of our efforts to engage with people and drive meaningful conversations. We bring together some of the brightest personalities from around the world who have made significant contributions in their fields. Professor Harari’s lecture will not only be thought provoking but also very relevant. We are amidst great advancements and we need to be aware and prepared for their consequences.’
Luminaries who have delivered the lecture include journalist and writer Thomas Friedman in 2007; diplomat and writer Chris Patten in 2008; Nobel-Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen in 2009; eminent historian Ramachandra Guha in 2010; renowned spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2011; Bharat Ratna awardee scientist and former president of India Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 2012; cinema superstar and cultural icon Amitabh Bachchan in 2013; internationally best-selling author Dan Brown in 2014; legendary writer Ruskin Bond in 2015; author of the wildly popular Wimpy Kid series, Jeff Kinney, in 2016; and UNICEF Ambassador and internationally acclaimed superstar Priyanka Chopra in 2017.
The Penguin Annual Lecture is a free event and seating is on a first come first serve basis. Registration is mandatory to attend. Here is the link for online registration- http://bit.ly/PenguinAnnualLecture .
About Penguin Random House India
Penguin Random House India is the largest English-language trade publisher in the subcontinent, publishing over 250 new titles every year and with an active backlist of over 3000 titles. With a strong fiction and non-fiction list, it publishes across every segment, including biography, travel, business, politics, history, religion and philosophy, lifestyle, cookery, health and fitness, sports and leisure, visual books and children’s books. The children’s titles are published under the Puffin imprint.