Homage to Ernest Renan

The year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of Renan's famous inaugural lecture at the Collège de France and the 120th anniversary of his death. To take advantage of this double commemoration, the Collège de France will pay tribute to one of its most renowned members by recalling the different periods of his life and examining his scientific and literary production. His wide-ranging intellect wrestled with the crucial issues of the 19th century that are resurfacing today, as well as the still relevant question as to the role of the scholar in the city.