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18:00 - 20:15 19 November 2013
Mishcon Lecture 2013: Are we beyond the help of history?
Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1 |
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
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Professor Lisa Jardine, Director, UCL Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Lisa Jardine CBE is Professor of Renaissance Studies at University College London and Director of the UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects, and the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge. She holds honorary doctorates of Letters from the University of St Andrews, Sheffield Hallam University and the Open University, and an honorary doctorate of Science from the University of Aberdeen.
'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it', wrote Santayana at the dawn of the twentieth century. And indeed, throughout history, politicians and policy-makers have -- more or less self-consciously -- turned to the lessons of their nation's past to shape their judgement and inform their decision making. I shall be asking the question, 'Is this a strategy which can be followed today?' when the boundaries of nationhood are giving way to global histories and narratives in which forgetting is as important as remembering.
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