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Timothy Garton Ash: Poland, Europe, Freedom

Garton Ash

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 6:00pm

Old Divinity School, St John's College, Cambridge


Poland, Europe, Freedom: A Personal Reflection on the Last 40 Years

In celebration of the permanent endowment of the Polish Studies initiative at the University of Cambridge, Professor Timothy Garton Ash (University of Oxford) gave an address on the subject of freedom in Poland and in Europe over the last four decades.

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Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of ten books of contemporary history and political writing which have explored many facets of the history of Europe over the last half-century. They include The Polish Revolution: Solidarity The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, & Prague, The File: A Personal History, In Europe’s Name: Germany and the Divided Continent and Facts are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade without a Name. He also writes a column on international affairs in the Guardian, which is widely syndicated, and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, amongst other journals.

From 2001 to 2006, he was Director of the European Studies Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford, where he now directs the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom. Its Free Speech Debate research project, built around the 13 language website, contributed greatly to the writing of his most recent book Free Speech: Ten Principles For a Connected World.

Prizes he has received for his writing include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Prix Européen de l'Essai, the Theodor Heuss Prize and the George Orwell Prize. He holds honorary doctorates from St Andrew’s University, Sheffield Hallam University and the Catholic University of Leuven, the Order of Merit from Germany, Poland and Czech Republic, and the British CMG. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, The Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. In May, he was honoured with this year's International Charlemagne Prize of the city of Aachen, for services to European unity.