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 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 united Europe and the possibility for partnerships between the developing and developed worlds has reigned. However, recent developments in Europe have seen the rise of a new narrative, in which the nation is valued above international cooperation and which stresses the potential danger of outsiders. Throughout his three lecture series, Professor Ignatieff delved into this shift in narratives and explored more optimistic approaches to refugee crisis.