Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series: Lord Peter Hennessy

Bramall Music Building - Elgar Concert Hall (R12 on campus map)
Monday 12 June 2017 (18:00-19:00)

Keeping Calm and Carrying On?
British Crises since 1945 and the special case of Brexit

Join us at The Bramall Music Building, on Monday 12 June, for a special lecture, delivered by historian, crossbench peer and Brexit commentator Lord Hennessy.

Peter John Hennessy, Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. In 1986 he co-founded the Institute of Contemporary British History and was Gresham Professor of Rhetoric between 1994 and 1997.

Before joining Queen Mary’s, London in 1992, Lord Hennessy was a journalist for 20 years with spells on The Times as a leader writer and Whitehall Correspondent.

He was The Financial Times’ Lobby Correspondent at Westminster in 1976, and wrote for The Economist in 1982.  He was a regular presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme from 1987 to 1992, and as host of Reflections, he interviewed senior Politicians including Vince Cable, Sir John Major, Jack Straw and Baroness Williams on their lives and times.

He is a regular and accomplished broadcaster. His publications include:

  • Never Again: Britain 1945–51
  • Having It So Good: Britain in the Fifties
  • The Secret State: Preparing for the Worst 1945-2010
  • The Kingdom to Come: Thoughts on the Union before and after the Scottish Referendum

His lecture will be as memorable as it will be topical and engaging.           

This is a free event and booking is essential

This lecture forms part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture series, which aim to reflect on the major social, cultural and policy issues of our time.  The Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture series have become an established part of the University’s calendar, and have brought many outstanding speakers to the University of Birmingham.

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