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The Harkness Fellows Association runs a regular programme of events open to Harkness Fellows and their guests, and other interested parties. You can find here information on future events and past events. If you are interested in attending any event, please contact Lizzie Clark at harkness@acu.ac.uk

Upcoming Events

24 October 2016 - US Presidential Election Debate

31 October 2016 - Harkness Annual Lecture- Simon Stevens - Where next for the NHS?

Past Events

Events to have taken place in 2014-16 are listed below. Please click on the name of the event to find out more:

14 June 2016 - John Plender - The Global Economy - Up or Down?

11 June 2016 - Syon House Summer Visit

9 March 2016 - Reception and talk by Sir Tom Richardsn KCMG on, 'The Refugee Crisis'

21 January 2016 - Edward harkness Birthday Dinner, Brown's Bar and Brasserie, with guest speaker, Richard Hooper, CBE

30 September 2015 - Reception and talk by Alex Beard CBE on 'Leading the Royal Opera House in the 21st Century'

7 June 2015 - Summer Visit to Eltham Palace

13 April 2015 - Reception and talk by Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles on 'What do the Jihadis really want?'

23 February 2015 - Reception and talk by Sir David Omand on, 'The Security Implications of the Digital Revolution'

21 January 2015 - Harkness Birthday Dinner

17 Novermber 2014 - Reception and talk by Peter Sands on, 'Banking and the Financial Markets Post Crisis'

16 October 2014 - Reception and talk by Professor Vernon Bogdanor, 'Will Political Instability in Europe Derail Economic Recovery?'

2 September 2014 - Reception and talk by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 'Anti-Corruption'

15 June 2014 - Guided tour and lunch for the Harkness Fellows Association's Summer Event at Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, London

12 May 2014 - Reception and talk by Sir David Normington GCB on "Is the Civil Service broken?"

9 April 2014 - Reception and talk by Sir Stephen Wall GCMG LVO on "Why do the British find Europe so hard to take?"

26 February 2014 - Reception and talk by Sir Paul Nurse on "Great ideas of Biology"

28 January 2014 - Harkness Birthday Dinner with guest Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield speaking on "The idea of a British Establishment"

The Harkness Annual Lectures

The Harkness Fellows Association organises annual lectures. Details of the most recent are given below:

Bronwen Maddox - Can Democracies Work in the Modern World?

Venue - The Athenaeum, 2 November 2015

Bronwen Maddox is renowned for her analysis of politics, economics and finance. Since 2010 she has edited Prospect magazine. Between 1999 and 2010 she was Chief Foreign Commentator and Foreign Editor of The Times, having already served as the newspaper’s US Editor and Washington Bureau Chief. She was previously an award-winning reporter and economics editorial writer at the Financial Times, and had been a Director at Kleinwort Benson Securities for five years and head of its media analyst team. Bronwen has interviewed some of the world’s most controversial leaders, including Vladimir Putin, Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Angela Merkel, Benazir Bhutto shortly before her assassination and Jimmy Carter.

For full information on this event, please click the link below:

'Can Democracies Work in the Modern World?'

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson - Leadership Lessons: On Reflection

Venue - Garden Room, The Athenaeum, 2 July 2013

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson gave the Harkness Annual Lecture in 2013. He chose the topic "Leadership Lessons: On Reflection" and offered his reflections on being a global leader in the fields of public health and health care quality and safety. As the financial burden on healthcare systems on both sides of the Atlantic continues to increase, Sir Liam's views proved fascinating.

For full information on this event please click the link below:

Harkness Annual Lecture 2013 - Prof Sir Liam Donaldson

Martin Sixsmith - Russian Culture in War, Peace and Revolution

Venue - Picture Room, The Athenaeum, 4 December 2012

Martin Sixsmith gave the Harkness Annual Lecture in 2012. He chose the topic "Russian Culture in War, Peace and Revolution".  He explored the authoritarian tradition of governance in Russia and ways that culture has become a focus for free thought in periods when freedom of expression has been curtailed by the regime.  The Lecture raised issues of significance and contemporary relevance.  Martin was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard from 1977 to 1979.

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Harkness Annual Lecture 2012 - Martin Sixsmith

Mark Damazer CBE - Oxford and the BBC; Public Institutions and Pressure

Venue - Picture Room, The Athenaeum, 31 October 2011

Mark Damazer CBE gave the Harkness Annual Lecture in 2011. He chose as his topic “Oxford and the BBC: Public Institutions and Pressure” and explored the types of pressure that are brought on two great British Institutions, Oxford University and the BBC, and how they react to these pressures.  Mark Damazer held a Harkness Fellowship at John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

For full information on this event please click the link below.

Harkness Annual Lecture 2011 - Mark Damazer CBE

Jan Morris - Reality V Imagination in the Literature of Place

Venue - The Travellers Club, Pall Mall 28 November 2008

Jan Morris was a Harkness fellow in 1953. A distinguished writer, she was on the editorial staff of ‘The Times’ and ‘The Guardian’ and is an honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, University College of North Wales, and Christ Church Oxford. Her works include ‘The Pax Britannica Trilogy’, ‘Venice’, ‘Manhattan 45’, ‘Travels’,   ‘Conundrum’, ‘Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere’, ‘The Matter of Wales’, ‘Fisher’s Face’, ‘Hav’ and many others. She has appeared on a number of radio and television programmes.

Please click here for the transcript of the Jan Morris Lecture


Please click on the link below to see a list of past events run by the Harkness Fellows Association.

Harkness Events 2004 - Present






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