Jesse Norman MP on Adam Smith
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

Jesse Norman MP on Adam Smith

  • Auditorium, University of Edinburgh Business School (map)
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Every day we hear about the evils of modern capitalism, from bent markets to corruption, inequality and the encouragement of selfishness. And more than anyone else, these evils are attributed to Adam Smith. Yet Smith was the very opposite of these things in his personal life. And his ideas, far from spawning the excesses of capitalism, show us how to understand and combat them.

Our present world faces huge challenges, including how to generate and sustain economic growth, how to deal with problems of globalization and escalating inequality, and how to create moral understanding across different communities of history, interest and belief. To understand and address these problems today, we need to return to the Scottish Enlightenment, and to Adam Smith.

Jesse Norman MP studied at Oxford, before completing a Masters and PhD in Philosophy at University College London. Before entering politics, he ran an educational project in Communist Eastern Europe and was a Director at Barclays. He has also been an Honorary Fellow at UCL, a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, and a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. His previous books include a celebrated study of Edmund Burke.

This event is being held in partnership with Edinburgh University Business School and tickets are free. For this event we are using the Business School's registration system - click below to be taken to the right page.

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First Minister's Reading List Launch
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

First Minister's Reading List Launch

This event is the launch of the inaugural David Hume Institute First Minister's Reading List. 

Intended as a fresh way to prompt discussion about the state of the nation, the list will bring together the best policy-relevant writing from Scotland, the UK and abroad; around six books (and the occasional article) the First Minister, or indeed any Scot, would find stimulating. While the David Hume Institute does not endorse all the views expressed in the books, they will be good reads, based on evidence, and have something of importance to say about Scotland and the world.

The launch event will explain both why we decided to put together the list, and why the specific books on this year's list were chosen.

The launch will begin at 6.00pm and be chaired by the Chair of Trustees of the David Hume Institute, Sir John Elvidge. It will be followed by a drinks reception at 7:30pm.

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Lord Kerr on Brexit
May
24
6:30 PM18:30

Lord Kerr on Brexit

Baron Kerr of Kinlochard was Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to the European Union from 1990 until 1995, and Ambassador to the United States from 1995 to 1997. He was then Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service from 1997 until 2002.

A household name due to his authorship of Article 50, Lord Kerr is a Trustee of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Chair of the Centre for European Reform and Deputy Chair of Scottish Power.

This event is being held in partnership with Edinburgh University Business School and tickets are free.

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David Willetts on British universities
Mar
22
6:30 PM18:30

David Willetts on British universities

David Willetts served as MP for Havant in Hampshire from 1992 to 2015. He was the Minister of State for Universities and Science from 2010 to 2014, and became a member of the House of Lords in 2015. He is currently the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation.

Lord Willetts will speak about the past and future of universities, the subject of his most recent book “A University Education”. He will speak both about how we have ended up with the higher education system that we have, and about the challenges facing universities today as globalisation and technological innovation continue to gain pace.

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Patrick Harvie: 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Patrick Harvie: 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series

Unfortunately this event was cancelled due to weather conditions.

Our Autumn Series provided perspectives on Brexit from other parts of Britain and Europe, and for our 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series we are asking each of the  major Scottish Party Leaders to speak on the theme of ‘Scotland After Brexit’.

Scotland needs vision and determination to succeed in a post-Brexit UK. This series of seminars gives our political leaders an opportunity to share their hopes, expectations and concerns for our country.

Patrick Harvie has been Co-Convenor (with Maggie Chapman) of the Scottish Green Party since 2008 and was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2003.  Prior to joining Parliament Patrick worked with PHACE (now part of the Terrence Higgins Trust) and with Lanarkshire Health Board. 

 

 

 

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Willie Rennie: 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series
Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

Willie Rennie: 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series

Our Autumn Series provided perspectives on Brexit from other parts of Britain and Europe, and for our 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series we ask each of the  major Scottish Party Leaders to speak on the theme of ‘Scotland After Brexit’.

Scotland needs vision and determination to succeed in a post-Brexit UK.  This series of seminars gives our political leaders an opportunity to share their hopes, expectations and concerns for our country.

Willie Rennie was a member of the Westminster Parliament from 2006 until 2010.  He then worked as a special adviser and consultant during the Conservative/ Lib Dem Coalition.  In 2011 he was elected to the Scottish Parliament and became Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.    

 

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Richard Leonard: 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

Richard Leonard: 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series

Our Autumn Series provided perspectives on Brexit from other parts of Britain and Europe, and for our 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series we ask each of the  major Scottish party leaders to speak on ‘Scotland After Brexit’.

Scotland needs vision and determination to succeed in a post-Brexit UK. This series of seminars gives our political leaders an opportunity to share their hopes, expectations and concerns for our country.

Richard Leonard was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2016 and has been Leader of the Labour Party in Scotland since November 2017.  Prior to entering Parliament he worked at the GMB and the STUC. 

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Ruth Davidson: 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series
Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Ruth Davidson: 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series

Our Autumn Series provided perspectives on Brexit from other parts of Britain and Europe, and for our 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series we are asking each of the  major Scottish Party Leaders to speak on the theme of ‘Scotland After Brexit’.

Scotland needs vision and determination to succeed in a post-Brexit UK.  This series of seminars gives our political leaders an opportunity to share their hopes, expectations and concerns for our country.

Ruth Davidson was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2011 and became Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party later that year.  Prior to joining the Scottish Parliament she was a BBC Journalist and a member of the Territorial Army. 

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Nicola Sturgeon: 2018 Politicians and Professionals
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Nicola Sturgeon: 2018 Politicians and Professionals

Our Autumn Series provided perspectives on Brexit from other parts of Britain and Europe, and for our 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series we are asking each of the  major Scottish Party Leaders to speak on the theme of ‘Scotland After Brexit’.

Scotland needs vision and determination to succeed in a post-Brexit UK.  This series of seminars gives our political leaders an opportunity to share their hopes, expectations and concerns for our country.

First elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, Nicola Sturgeon has been First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party since 2014. 

 

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