Fulbright Legacy Lectures

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. In its 10th year, the usual lectures were replaced by a virtual panel discussion, in the midst of challenges to institutions of higher learning doe to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fulbright Legacy speaker Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California, was joined by UK university leaders to discuss the timely topic of “Higher Education and the Public Good.” The wide-ranging discussion reflected on the results of a dedicated IPSOS Mori global survey on public attitudes towards higher education and covered topics from inequality and student debt, to international collaboration and alternative models of university education.

This year’s Moderator was Mukul Devichand, Executive Editor at BBC and Fulbright alumnus. Panelists included Ed Byrne, President and Principal of King’s College London, Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice Chancellor of University of Edinburgh, and Irene Tracey, Warden of Merton College, Oxford.

A video of the lecture is available on the Fulbright Commission’s website.

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