The Williamson Lecture: 'Scotland after the Vote'

17 Apr ‘14

6.30PM - 7.30PM
Speaker: Dr James Naughtie, DUniv

Venue: Logie Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling


'However we vote on September 18th, Scotland will not be the same as it was before. James Naughtie looks ahead, considering the changes that would come about after a "Yes" or "No" vote and how the rest of the United Kingdom is looking at the referendum. Alarm or indifference?'

The Williamson Lecture was established in memory of Andrew John Williamson, a Politics student who was tragically killed in a road accident in 1981.  The memorial lecture was created and funded by his parents with the aim of bringing a high profile political speaker to the University each year to speak on a theme of contemporary political interest.

This is the 30th year of lectures and previous eminent speakers have included Alex Salmond, Alistair Darling and Ann Widdecombe.

James Naughtie, one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters, was installed as Chancellor of the University of Stirling in October 2008. He has a ten year term of office, during which he will preside over graduation ceremonies and other key University events.

Born and educated in Aberdeenshire, he began his journalism career in 1975 on the Press and Journal and wrote for the Scotsman and Guardian before moving into broadcasting. Currently, he presents Today on BBC Radio 4, and is host of the network’s monthly Bookclub. For Today, he has travelled to more than two dozen countries, and has written and presented two acclaimed series on American politics.  In October 2013, he joined BBC Radio Scotland's breakfast programme team twice a week to present on the independence referendum campaign.

He has also introduced programmes on music on BBC radio and television over many years and in 2007 wrote and presented an award-winning radio series, The Making of Music, an account of the European classical tradition. He has anchored BBC radio election results programmes for more than ten years, and been commentator at many national events on radio and television.

He was made an honorary Doctor of the University of Stirling in 2001.


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