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Tags: With American voters poised to choose their 45th President in what has been deemed the most volcanic and decisive campaigns in decades, it may be worthwhile to ponder how such elections – from time to time – are considered turning points or watershed moments in the history of US politics. This 58th election – according to some polls – remains finely balanced, with very high stakes. Either way, history is set to be made. A previous Europaeum Lecture, by journalist, broadcaster, and academic Godfrey Hodgson, looked closely at the impact such events can have. In that lecture, he examined the presidential election as “a device for national introspection”, drawing particularly on the elections of 1876, 1912, 1968, and 2004. At each of these, Hodgson contended, America stood at a crossroads – something few could deny applies equally to 2016. Please read The Other American Presidential Election: Choosing a President and Psychoanalyzing a Nation, delivered at the Campus den Haag at Leiden University in 2004,here. Godfrey Hodgson studied History at Oxford and Pennsylvania, before joining The Observer and The Sunday Times in Washington.
Lord (Chris) Patten - Europaeum Trustee, Chancellor of Oxford University, former Chairman of the BBC Trust, former European Commissioner on External Relations, former MP and Conservative Party stalwart, and author - recently gave the Europaeum an interview expressing views on several key issues to do with China, drawing on his critical role as the last Governor of Hong Kong (1992-97). This interview prepared as a key contribution to our discussions in our recent summer school on China and Europe - Challenges for the Future(see below), conducted by Dr Nick Bunnin from the Oxford Chinese Studies Institute and an active memer of the Oxford Euroapeum Board. Themes covered included ageing, demographics, governance, questions of legitimacy, and relations between China and Europe. Please see the interview here. (We apologize for the quality of the interview, which was recorded with roadworks outside and with a simple handheld camera.)
The Europaeum has recently had a series of videos made to document the wonderful celebrations held in November 2013, on the 10th Anniversary of the Jenkins Scholarship Scheme. The videos, edited by Europaeum interns Alexandra Müllerová and Harry Eagles, include speeches given on the day by Lord (Chris) Patten, Baroness (Shirley) Williams, and Jenkins Scholars Sarah Hegenbart and Michal Bobek (whose speech was read by Enrico Prodi in his absence). The videos also give a brief history of the Jenkins Scholarship Scheme, and a portrait of Roy Jenkins himself. The video project is part of a new fundraising drive, which aims to find the means to extend this very successful and productive scheme. To view the videos, see here. You can also read more about the Jenkins Scholarships here.
On 15th November we will be hosting Professor Gilles Carbonnier for a Europaeum Lecture on The Case for Humanitarian Economics: Recalibrating Civil War and Disaster, held at the Old Library in All Souls College, Oxford (tbc) and co-hosted with the Refugee Studies Centre. Professor Carbonnier is Professor of Development Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, where he is also Director of Studies. The lecture will be chaired by Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law at All Souls, and the discussant will be Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre and Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford. Professor Carbonnier's talk will centre on some of his major research and teaching interests, in particular the political economy of war, terrorism, and humanitarianism.
Tags: The Europaeum is convinced it will have a greater role in building bridges across Europe, and to deliver the vision of founder George Weidenfeld, following the recent UK vote to leave the European Union. The association has now issued a statement (see link here) affirming its future role. We urge the new British Government led by Prime Minister Theresa May to protect the UK science research budget - worth c £66 million to Oxford from EU sources last year - and to ensure that the UK remains part of the Erasmus scheme and also engaged in the Horizon 2020 programme objectives. Meanwhile the Europaeum has pledged to maintain its support for the University consortium Oxford Debates on the UK and EU, or EUK@OX, it helped found to allow full discussions around the nature of the Brexit arrangements to continue. More information on this will be posted as it emerges.