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Lecture focuses on refugee crisis

A political academic, and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver the 2016 Fulbright Lecture.

During the event, Professor Michael Ignatieff will analyse the European refugee crisis, place it in wider historical context and suggest that it has triggered a universal shift in values.

He will argue that the crisis has caused countries in the developed world to turn inwards, with citizens wanting their country protected from migrants, refugees and strangers.

Professor Ignatieff will explore these issues, while considering an alternative – more hopeful – path.

Transatlantic relations

The lecture is part of an ongoing initiative by the Fulbright Commission and the University to enhance mutual cultural understanding between the UK and US through educational exchange.

The event was organised by the University's Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and supported by the Lois Roth Endowment, which promotes dialogue across national and cultural boundaries.

Fulbright Lecture 2016

Revered scholar

Professor Michael Ignatieff is a writer, teacher and former politician.

He has written award-winning books, worked as a television presenter and documentary filmmaker, editorial columnist. He has also taught at the universities of British Columbia, Cambridge University, the London School of Economics and Harvard University.

Between 2006 and 2011, Professor Ignatieff was Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Lakeshore in Ontario, Canada as Deputy Leader and then Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Professor Ignatieff serves as Centennial Chair of the Project on Global Ethics at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York, and will take up the role of President and Rector of the Central European University, Budapest, later in 2016.

Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Commission was established in 1948 to foster cultural and social understanding between the UK and US.

Professor Ignatieff’s lecture will continue the Commission’s links with the University, which began in 2012.

The initiative is led by the University’s College of Humanities and Social Science.

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