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TLRH | Annual Edmund Burke Lecture 2022: Democracy and the Legacy of Revolutionary Violence

Thursday, 6 October 2022, 6:30 – 8pm

TLRH | Annual Edmund Burke Lecture 2022: Democracy and the Legacy of Revolutionary Violence

The Trinity Long Room Hub is delighted to announce that Professor Michael Ignatieff will deliver the Annual Edmund Burke Lecture for 2022, 'Democracy and the Legacy of Revolutionary Violence.'

Michael Ignatieff is a Canadian writer, historian and former politician, now Rector Emeritus of the Central European University in Vienna and a professor in the history department.  He has been a leader of the Liberal Party of Canada as well as a professor at the Kennedy School, Harvard, and is the author of Isaiah Berlin: A Life, The Needs of Strangers, On Consolation, and many other works. 

‘All democracies born of revolution—France, America, and Ireland, for example—have to find ways to reckon with their revolutionary origins, and with the violence that attended their birth. Since revolutions empower the people to rise up in defence of their rights, revolutionary origins can continue to inspire succeeding generations to defend theirs, but they can also pose a continuing challenge to the stability of democratic institutions.  Edmund Burke’s reflections on the revolutions of 1688 in Britain, the American Revolution of 1776, and the French Revolution of 1789 can help us understand how contemporary democracies should handle the often combustible heritage of revolutionary origins.’ 

The Annual Edmund Burke Lecture is supported by a generous endowment in honour of Padraic Fallon by his family. Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact:


Campus LocationEdmund Burke Theatre
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Edmund Burke Theatre
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Public
Cost: Free but registration is essential

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