Fulbright Legacy Lectures

Michaell Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff

The Roth Endowment supports an annual series of three lectures by prominent figures in international relations, in honor of the life and work of Senator J. William Fulbright, who spent four years at Pembroke College in Oxford from 1924 to 1928. The Fulbright Legacy Lectures are co‐sponsored by the US‐UK Fulbright Commission, Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations, Pembroke College, Kings College London and the University of Edinburgh.

The sixth annual Fulbright Legacy Lectures were given by Michael Ignatieff, the former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and the current Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He spoke at Edinburgh University on June 6, at King’s College London on June 8 and at Pembroke College, Oxford on June 10, 2016.

Through his lectures on the European refugee crisis, Professor Ignatieff addressed the rise of a new political narrative that influences European attitudes and policies towards migrants and refugees. Since the end of the Cold War, an optimistic narrative built upon beliefs in an increasingly united Europe, the possibility for mutually beneficial partnerships between the developing and developed world, and international law’s ability to protect the stateless has reigned. However, recent developments in Europe have seen the rise of a new narrative, in which the nation is valued above continental and international cooperation and which stresses the need for sovereigns and citizens to protect their country from outsiders. Throughout his three lecture series, Professor Ignatieff delved into this shift in narratives and explored other, more optimistic approaches to refugee crisis. Following are the titles of each lecture:

Skyler Arndt-Briggs and 2 others at Fulbright Legacy Lectures 2016

Skyler Arndt-Briggs, Chair of the Lois Roth Endowment (left)—pictured with Vince Murphy of the US Embassy London (center) and Jay Nathan, of the Fulbright Association and St. John’s University (right)—at the 2016 Fulbright Legacy Lectures in Oxford.

– “The Crisis of Universal Values and the Return of the Sovereign”

– “The Rights to Have Rights: Refugees, Migrants and Citizens”

– “The European Refugee Crisis: What is to be done”

After attending the University of Toronto, Micheal Ignatieff received his doctorate in history at Harvard University. He has held academic posts at the University of British Columbia, Cambridge University, the University of Toronto, andthe London School of Economics. From 2000 to 2005, he served as the Director of the of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. He has since gone on to lead a political career, serving as an MP in the Parliament of Canada from 2006 to 2011, then as the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and as the Leader of the Official Opposition. Currently, he holds eleven honorary degrees and serves on the Queen’s Privy Council. His major publications include The Needs of Strangers (1984), Scar Tissue (1992), Isaiah Berlin (1998), The Rights Revolution (2000), Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry (2001), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004), and Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013).

For a complete list of Fulbright Legacy Lecture speakers, please consult the List of Honorees.

Visit the Fulbright Association’s Website to learn more about and even watch videos of the Fulbright Legacy Lectures.