Harkness Fellows: Father and Son

Harkness Fellows: Father and Son

My late father and I were both Harkness Fellows. Since this seems to be unique, or almost unique, in the history of the Fellowships, I thought it might be worth a few words on how it came about. My father, Neilson Voyne Smith, read modern and medieval languages at...
Thanks Malcolm for the Harkness Reports

Thanks Malcolm for the Harkness Reports

Behind the scenes, a small group of former Harkness Fellows and associates keep the Harkness Fellows Association alive, seeking ways to keep the network of fellows engaged and connected. Over the years this has included the production of newsletters, though the format...
A Lifetime Impact?

A Lifetime Impact?

The Fellowships have a lifetime impact for each individual Harkness Fellow. Many tell us that their time in the US was a life changing experience. But how was it for the youngsters who accompanied their parent Harkness Fellow to live in the USA for anything from a few...
The Pilgrim Trust – with thanks to the Fellowship

The Pilgrim Trust – with thanks to the Fellowship

I have kindly been invited by the Chair of the Association to contribute a short piece on the Pilgrim Trust  in response to the feature in the last newsletter by William Wilson during which he commended the generosity of Edward Harkness in setting up the Trust, and...
Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality

Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality

If you’re not a philosopher, you can be forgiven for never having heard of him, but within philosophy Derek Parfit is widely regarded as one of the most important moral philosophers of the past century. Some go further, claiming he was the most important moral...
The Pilgrim Trust  – with thanks.

The Pilgrim Trust – with thanks.

I was lucky enough to have been able to spend a year in the USA on a Harkness Fellowship. I was based at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, and visited 25 States while researching and writing a book on ‘Making Environmental...
Conservation and Local People

Conservation and Local People

There is something special about the way British explorers have responded to the desert environment of North Africa and the Middle East: Richard Burton, TE Lawrence, Gertrude Bell, Wilfred Thesiger and Harry Philby all fell under its spell. I felt its power on my very...
Sir Christopher Hogg

Sir Christopher Hogg

Edward Harkness would have been proud of Chris who died on December 7th, 2021 aged 85. Chris was an exceptional man who took full advantage of the opportunity that his Harkness Fellowship gave him to study business at the Harvard Business School and to return to the...
A Charter for Sustainable Localism

A Charter for Sustainable Localism

Let us hope that the world will take seriously the complete cessation of carbon based atmospheric warming gases by mid-century. To do so in thirty years’ time means embarking on a colossal shift of fuelling industry and transport, heating buildings, and selecting...
Green and sustainable finance, the French approach.

Green and sustainable finance, the French approach.

In 2015, France hosted the conference on climate referred to as COP 21. Even before that conference, there was an active interest in the development issues raised by climate change and its impact. Over the last few years, a number of research programs on the theme of...
Jan Morris: Some Reflections

Jan Morris: Some Reflections

Jan Morris, who died at the end of 2020, was a Commonwealth Fund fellow in 1953 and wrote about her fellowship travels in her first book, Coast to Coast. It begins with a gripping approach to New York: “New York, New York At one time or another I have approached some...
A Second Introduction to the States

A Second Introduction to the States

The award of a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in September 1957 led to my second introduction to the United States. My first had been in July 1940, as a boy of nine, evacuated for the duration from invasion-threatened England. September 1957 felt very different. The War...