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2021 Balsillie Lecture: “War: How Conflict Shaped Us”

February 2, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), in partnership with the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, is delighted to announce that Professor Margaret MacMillan, visiting distinguished historian at the Council on Foreign Relations and honourary fellow and former Warden of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, will give the first, inaugural, Balsillie Lecture.

The Balsillie Lecture provides an annual platform to distinguished and leading international thinkers whose work has influenced, and continues to influence, contemporary ideas on international public policy and global governance. The 2021 Balsillie Lecture is the first of these special annual events, which will be held each year at the beginning of the post-Christmas winter term.

Professor Margaret MacMillan specializes in British imperial history and the international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is an emeritus professor of international history at the University of Oxford and a professor of history at the University of Toronto. She was provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 2002 to 2007 and warden of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, from 2007 to 2017. She has taught modern history and international relations at Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Oxford. Visiting appointments include the Humanitas Professor of War, Cambridge University, the Xerox Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. She is also an honorary fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Her publications include: Women of the Raj (1988), Paris, 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (2002), Nixon and Mao: the Week that Changed the World (2007), Dangerous Games: the Uses and Abuses of History (2009), The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 (2013), and History’s People: Personalities and the Past (2015). In 2018 she gave the BBC’s Reith Lectures on the subject of war and humanity, and in 2020 will publish an expanded version as The Mark of Cain: War and the Human Condition.

Margaret MacMillan

Photo credit: Andre McIntyre


February 2, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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