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Palliser Lecture: Sound and Fury: History as Compass in an Age of Discontent

The Aga Khan Centre, London, April 21, 2020

History can be both dangerous and useful. While oversimplified, one-sided stories from the past can stir up resentments and grievances and justify bad policies. History, properly done, is key to understanding issues, others, and, equally important, ourselves. We need good history more than ever to help us make sense of our turbulent and changing world and where it might be headed.

On April 21, distinguished historian Professor Margaret McMillan CC CH will deliver the sixth Palliser Lecture, Sound and Fury: History as Compass in an Age of Discontent.

The Palliser Lecture is held in partnership with Salzburg Global Seminar and was inaugurated in 2014 to honour British diplomat, the Rt Hon Sir Michael Palliser GCMG (1922–2012). Sir Michael served as Vice-Chair of Salzburg Global Seminar for more than a decade and was a founding trustee of the 21st Century Trust which works in partnership with Salzburg Global Seminar. He also enjoyed a long career in the British Diplomatic Service, culminating as Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service.
Previous speakers include Edward Mortimer CMG, Chair of the 21st Century Trust and former Senior Vice President of Salzburg Global Seminar; Dominic Grieve QC, until recently MP for Beaconsfield; Baroness Usha Prashar CBE; Sir John Major KG CH, former UK Prime Minister; and Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, with Professor Rana Mitter, Director of the Oxford University China Centre.