Enlightenment Lecture by Mary Robinson

Please join us for the next lecture in our Enlightenment Lecture series, delivered by the first female President of Ireland and international advocate for human rights, Professor Mary Robinson.

Mary Robinson

Professor Robinson will speak on how human rights interact with the modern world at the McEwan Hall on Tuesday 20 November, at 5.30pm.

The free public lecture is also the final lecture in this year's Our Changing World series.

Following the lecture, Professor Robinson will be available to sign copies of her book, "Everybody Matters".


In this short video, Professor Robinson outlines the issues she will cover in her lecture.

Tickets and cancellations

This lecture is sold out and our waiting list for cancellations is fully subscribed.

The event is being filmed and will be available online and as part of our Enlightenment Lectures podcast.

Please do let us know if you unable to attend as we have a very large waiting list. Contact Jamie Chalmers.


Enlightenment Lectures podcast

Professor Mary Robinson

In office from 1990 to 1997, Professor Robinson was the seventh President of Ireland and the first woman to hold that role.

She left to take on the position of High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations from 1997 to 2002.

Human rights remain an area of interest and expertise for Professor Robinson. Since 2004 she has taught on international human rights at Columbia University in New York.

In 2010 she set up the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice to advocate for and educate the world about those most affected by the changing environment, namely the world’s poorest and more marginalised communities.

Enlightenment Lectures

The University’s Enlightenment Lectures examine aspects of the Enlightenment's legacy in the context of our own fraught and hectic times.

The lectures encompass talks from global leaders in politics, philosophy, science and economics.

Previous speakers include Joseph Stiglitz, Irene Khan, Aubrey Manning, Amartya Sen and Jon Snow.


You can watch videos of previous Enlightenment Lectures online or subscribe to our podcast series.

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Enlightenment Lecture video

Our Changing World

Our Changing World is a series of free public lectures examining the global challenges facing society, and the role of academia in meeting these challenges.

These issues include food, energy and water security, the spread of infectious diseases, developments in technology and medicine, and climate change

The unique format offers an excellent opportunity for students, staff, and the public to engage with world-class thinkers.

Our Changing World

Event details

Enlightenment Lecture: Professor Mary Robinson

Doors open at 5.15pm.This event may be photographed or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University-approved parties.

Tuesday 20 November 2012, 5.30pm

Tuesday 20 November 2012, 7.00pm

McEwan Hall, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG

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Contact details

For more information on this event, including any access enquiries, please contact Deepthi de Silva-Williams.

Related Links

Mary Robinson biography at the Mary Robinson Foundation

Enlightenment Lectures

Our Changing World