Historian Margaret MacMillan to deliver John Holmes Memorial Lecture at Glendon

Historian and academic Margaret MacMillan




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The noted historian, academic and author Margaret MacMillan will deliver the 2013 John Holmes Memorial Lecture, titled “Does history matter in international relations?”

This public lecture, given in English, will take place Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5:30pm in the BMO Conference Centre, Glendon Hall, Glendon campus.

MacMillan_MHOLMESLecturerMargaret MacMillan

MacMillan is a professor and historian at the University of Oxford in England. She is also the fifth warden of St. Anthony’s College, a position she assumed in July 2007. Prior to her role at the University of Oxford, MacMillan was provost of Trinity College and professor of history at the University of Toronto.

Educated at St. Hilda’s College at the University of Toronto and St. Anthony’s College at Oxford, MacMillan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto. She is also a trustee of the Rhodes Trust and sits on the boards of the Mosaic Institute for the Study of Journalism, the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress and the editorial boards of Global Affairs, International History and First World War Studies.

She gained international renown with her bestselling book, Peacemakers: The Paris Conference and Its Attempt to Make Peace (2006), for which she won the silver medal for the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Awards and the Governor General’s prize for non-fiction in 2003. She is the author of Women of the Raj (1988); co-author of Canada’s House: Rideau Hall and the Invention of a Canadian Home (2004), with Marjorie Harris and Anne L. Desjardins; and author of Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World (2006) and Stephen Leacock (Extraordinary Canadians Series). Her most recent book is The Uses and Abuses of History (2008).

The annual John Holmes Memorial Lecture at Glendon honours the late John W. Holmes, Canadian diplomat, writer, administrator and professor of international relations at Glendon from 1971 to 1981. Holmes was a tireless promoter of Canada at home and abroad in political, diplomatic and educational circles. He also participated in the founding of the United Nations and attended its first General Assembly in 1945.

John Holmes

Shortly after his death in 1988, a memorial fund was set up at Glendon under the leadership of Professor Albert Tucker, principal of Glendon from 1970 to 1975 and chair of the Department of History at the time, to create a series of annual lectures sponsored by Glendon’s International Studies program in Holmes’ honour.

The first John Holmes Memorial Lecture was delivered by Sir Brian Urquhart, former undersecretary general of the United Nations. Other distinguished speakers have included former prime minister of Canada Kim Campbell; former deputy secretary general of the United Nations Louise Fréchette; Canadian ambassadors Geoffrey Pearson and Anne Leahy; author John Ralston Saul; retired Supreme Court Justice Peter deCarteret Cory; and former deputy secretary general of Amnesty International and Glendon alumnus Vincent del Buono (BA Hons. ’72), among others.

Admission to the lecture is free, but as seating is limited, reservations are recommended. Indicate your attendance by e-mail to events@glendon.yorku.ca.