55 Plus Lecture: Brexit and the British Constitution - THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED


11/15/2018

THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Date:  November 15, 2018
Topic:  Brexit and the British Constitution
Speaker:  Linda Colley, Shelby M.C.Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University and a Permanent Fellow of the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study

"Britain's current crisis over BREXIT has been caused in part by its own political divisions and by the populist surge that is also affecting much of Europe and the USA.  But it also reflects longer and deeper constitutional and national uncertainties.  In this lecture, Linda Colley explores what these are and how they have evolved, and discusses how far this crisis may force changes in Britain's supposedly "unwritten" constitution". 

Linda Colley is Shelby M.C.Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University and a Permanent Fellow of the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study.  Born in the UK, she earned her BA Ph.D. at Cambridge.  She taught there and at Yale where she became a University Professor.  From 1997-2003, she was a Research Professor at the London School of Economics, and moved to Princeton in 2003.  She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature; and was made a C.B.E. in the UK for her services to history.  She holds five Honorary Degrees.  Her books include In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party 1714-1760 (1982) Namier (1988), Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837 (1992), which won the Wolfson Prize, Captives: Britain, Empire and World 1600-1850 (2002), The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History (2006), which was named one of the ten best non-fiction books of the year by the New York Times, and Acts of Union and Disunion (2014).  The latter was based on fifteen lectures she delivered on BBC Radio 4 in advance of the referenda in the UK on Scottish independence and BREXIT.  She has organized major exhibitions at the British Library in London and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, and she is a member of the Research Board of the British Museum and the Research Committee of the New York Public Library.  She writes occasionally for the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books and the Financial Times.  Last year she received a Guggenheim Fellowship.