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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

The Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue

The purpose of this annual lecture is to promote top-level reflection on intercultural understanding and the creative possibilities of mutual intercultural enrichment. The theoretical work that needs to be done in this area is extensive and urgent, both at a national and an international level, and there are original and creative voices that need to be heard. This annual lecture is given at Durham under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced Study, working closely with the School of Government and International Affairs, the Department of Theology and Religion, and the University's International Office.

The inaugural lecture in this series was given by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, brother of the late King Hussein, on 19 November 2008 and the second lecture in this series was given by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC on 9 November 2009. The 2010/11 lecture in this series was given by Professor Charles Tripp, a prominent and well-respected academic, whose research focuses on states and ideologies in the Middle East, conflict, and Islamic political thought. Political philosopher Professor Marc Stears gave the 2011/12 lecture on 'everyday democracy' on 10th May 2012. Religion in the public sphere was the focus of the fifth lecture and delivered by life peer Baroness Maeve Sherlock in May 2013. This sixth lecture explored the idea of Asia as envisioned by Indian thought leaders like Gandhi, Tagore and Nehru, and was given by Ambassador Nirupama Rao in November 2014. The 2015/16 and seventh lecture was given by The Honorable Professor Gareth Evans, AO, Chancellor of the Australian National University and former Australian Foreign Minister, in May 2016. His lecture explored negoitation across cultures, specially in relation to peace and security.

The 2016/17 lecture was given by Harriett Lamb, Chief Executive of International Alert, the leading global peacebuilding organisation. To watch the lectures please follow this link.