The fifth Fulbright Annual Lecture at the University of Edinburgh will be delivered by Prof Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor, Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Ignatieff will take up the role of President and Rector of the Central European University, Budapest, later in 2016.
The lecture title is “The Crisis of Universal Values and the Return of the Sovereign”.
Event Details: Monday 6th June 2016, 17:00 - 18:30, Lecture Theatre G03, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JY.
The European refugee crisis challenges the hopeful narrative Europeans have tried to believe since the end of the Cold War: that the nations of Europe are drawing ever closer together; that the developed world can partner with the developing world to build shared prosperity; that human rights and international law will steadily improve the protection of the stateless and the desperate. As razor wire goes up along Europe’s southern frontier, a darker narrative is emerging: that the sovereign must protect citizens against strangers; that the nation, not the continent is the true home of citizens; and that citizens in the developed world must protect its economies from migrants, refugees and strangers. This lecture analyses the emergence of this new narrative for our times and searches for an alternative and more hopeful path.
Doors will open at 16:40, and this event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University or University approved third parties.