Dahrendorf Lecture and Colloquium

Dahrendorf Lecture and Colloquium

The Annual Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture is delivered by leading thinkers on a subject related to Ralf Dahrendorf’s concerns.


The 2020 Lecture was delivered on March 6 by

Dr Norbert Röttgen, Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag

on "Germany, Europe and the West"

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The 2019 Lecture was delivered on May 3 by

Professor Timothy Snyder, Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University 

on "Europe's story: Phoenix or phantom?"

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The 2018 Lecture was delivered on April 27 by

Professor Michael Ignatieff, Rector, Central European University 

on "The Defence of the  University in Illiberal Times"


The 2017 Lecture was delivered on April 28 by

Professor Gesine Schwan, Former SPD Candidate for German President  

on "Society and Democracy in Germany"

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The 2016 Lecture was delivered on May 3 by 

Professor Robert Post,  Dean of Yale Law School 

on "Free Speech in the University"


The 2015 Lecture was delivered on May 1 by 

Professor Craig Calhoun,  Director of the LSE 

on "The Dream of a Democratic Public in Britain and Europe"


Ulrich Beck

The 2014 Lecture was delivered on 29 April by

Professor Ulrich Beck, University of Munich and LSE

on "The Cosmopolitan Outlook: How the European Project can be saved"

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Martha Nussbaum

The 2013 Lecture was delivered on 3 May by

Professor Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago

on "Combining Freedom and Diversity: the challenge of religious difference"

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Ronal Dworkin

The 2012 Lecture was delivered on 27 April by

Professor Ronald Dworkin, New York University

on "How Universal is Liberalism?"

Watch here.


The 2011 Lecture took the form of a panel discussion with

Professor A C Grayling, Birbeck College, London
Dr Usama Hasan, Leyton Mosque and Middlesex University
Mr Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

on "Is Nothing Sacred? Free Speech and Religion"

 Watch here, or listen here.


Adair Turner

The inaugural 2010 Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture was delivered by

Lord (Adair) Turner  on

Wellbeing and Inequality in Post-Industrial Society

Watch the lecture and discussion here. Read the full text: Microsoft Office document icon Dahrendorf Turner Lecture.