Richard Sennett has writen about social lige in cities, changes in labour, and social theory over the course of the last five decades. At an early age he became engaged with music, particularly the cello, attending the Julliard School in New York. He has had a public career, first as a founder of the New York Institute for the Humanities, then as President if the American Council on Work. For the last three decades, he has served as a consultant to various bodies within the United Nations. Five years ago, he created Theatrum Mundi, whose board of trustees he now chairs.