On 12 December 2018 more than 200 people attended the eighth Hoboken Lecture, featuring Charles Foster. The lecture was introduced with music performed by the Codarts Adorno String Quartet, and by Dr. Bernice Bovenkerk. In his lecture ‘Being a Beast’, professor Foster looked at the extent to which it is possible for humans to enter the experiential worlds of non-human species, and hence the extent to which it is possible to know anything outside one’s own head. Among other thought-provoking things, he stated “Being a badger makes you a better human”.
After Questions & Answers, moderated by Maarten Keulemans, the host of the evening, Kees Moeliker, presented the speaker the traditional token of appreciation: the cast of the first-ever hyena coprolite (a 13.000 year old fossil excrement) found on the bottom of the North Sea. The Honourable Peter Wilson CMG, British Ambassador to the Netherlands, concluded the programme. The after party and book signing was in the Natural History Museum.
We thank our audience and our sponsors, and hope to see you next year.
Below is a photographic report of the 8th Hoboken Lecture taken by Aad Hoogendoorn.