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.

Watch the 2023 Lecture, delivered on April 28 by

Professor Timothy Garton Ash, University of Oxford

on Europe Whole and Free


Find material relating to the 2022 Lecture, delivered on April 29 by

Xiaolu Guo, Novellist and Filmmaker

on Dreams and Reflections: A Chinese Artist's Discovery of Europe


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Watch the 2021 Lecture, delivered on April 29 by

Professor Catherine de Vries, Bocconi University,

on "What do European citizens want the EU to be?"


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Watch the 2020 Lecture, delivered on March 6 by

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

on "Germany, Europe and the West"


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Watch the 2019 Lecture, 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"


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Watch the 2017 Lecture, 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"


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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"


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Watch the 2014 Lecture, 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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Listen to the 2013 Lecture, 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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Watch the 2012 Lecture, delivered on 27 April by

Professor Ronald Dworkin, New York University

on "How Universal is Liberalism?"


Watch the 2011 Lecture which took the form of a panel discussion on 10 June 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"


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Watch the inaugural 2010 Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture, delivered by

Lord (Adair) Turner on

Wellbeing and Inequality in Post-Industrial Society

You can also read the full text of the 2010 Lecture by Lord Turner.