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Recent news from Harkness Fellows will be posted on this page. If you have any news that you would like to share with us, please email harkness@acu.ac.uk

Recent Appointments:


HF Publications:

  • Neil Smith (HF 1966) jointly published Chomsky: Ideas and Ideals [third edition].  Cambridge, Cambridge University Press with Nicholas Allott.

  • Daniela Abravanel (HF 1977-78) book entitled Secrets of the Hebrew Alphabet translated and published as an ebook.

  • David Lodge  (HF 1964-65) book entitled Quite A Good Year To Be Born: a Memoir 1935-1975, containing an account of Harkness Fellowship year in the USA was published in January 2016 by Vintage Books. 

Dr Simon Duffy (HF 1994) established the Centre for Welfare Reform as an independent think tank in 2009, advocating a radical reform of the welfare state to advance citizenship and protect social and economic rights. The Centre has been a leading critic of the UK's extreme right-wing Government. The Centre has established an international network of Fellows and Simon is currently working to establish a new think tank in Finland.


January 2012

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How an All Black Captain became a man of the world. Harkness Fellow, Sir Wilson Whineray.

University Welcomes New Vice Chancellor. Harkness Fellow Sir David Bell.

June 2010

Sadly we have to report the death on 26 June of William Plowden, who has acted tirelessly as Secretary to the Harkness Fellows Association.

William was Director of the UK Harkness Fellowships in New York from 1988 to 1991, and subsequently Senior Adviser to the Harkness Fellowships in London 1991 to 1998.

During his distinguished career he was a senior civil servant, lecturer at the London School of Economics, Director-General of the Royal Institute of Public Administration, and an international consultant on governance and public management.

 William has made an enormous contribution during a lifetime of public service, and in particular to the Harkness fellowships, and to the Harkness values. We will all miss him enormously.


May 2010

Stanley Johnson (Harkness Fellow) has published a new book (co-authored with Robert Vagg) SURVIVAL: Saving Endangered Migratory Species 
Please come to the evening event at the London Zoo (ZSL) on Thursday June 24. Elizabeth Mrema, the Executive Secretary of UNEP's Convention on Migratory Species will introduce the book. Doors will open at 5.30 pm on June 24. Alternatively or additionally please come to the launch party at Waterstones Notting Hill  on Wednesday June 30th at 7 p.m. at 39-41 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ 

December 2009

"Two HFs spoke to a packed house at the Nuffield Trust (thanks to its director HF Dr Jennifer Dixon) on 2 December about their different but complementary views on old age, its discontents and the importance of treating older people with the respect and discrimination that they deserve.  Baroness Julia Neuberger outlined some of  the themes of her recent book about ageing in Britain, Not Dead Yet;: a Manifesto for Old Age.  French HF Georges Arbuz, who lives and works in Paris and has written extensively on the handling of these issues in France, introduced a lively discussion which continued over refreshments.  Georges is keen to make contact with individuals and organisations in Britain who share his interests and concerns and who might like to help develop cross-Channel activities in this field.  Anyone interested should contact the Harkness office or William Plowden for details of how to reach Georges."




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