The University of Stirling welcomes you to the 31st Williamson Lecture. We are pleased to confirm that Rory Stewart OBE, MP, will deliver this year's lecture on:
A reflection on the history and culture of the English-Scottish border, from Hadrian to the present day.
Please note that this lecture will now begin at 7pm.
In 2015, Rory Stewart was appointed as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), having been first elected to Parliament in 2010 for Penrith and The Border.
As well as his work in Parliament, Rory Stewart is known as an academic, author, diplomat and documentary maker. He served as a senior coalition official in Iraq in 2003-4 and wrote about his experiences in his book The Prince of the Marshes. Previously, he had walked across Afghanistan in 2002, inspiring him to write the book The Places in Between. He is known for his cultural development work in Afghanistan and is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a British charity.
Rory Stewart was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Stirling in 2009.
The Williamson Lecture
This annual 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. Previous eminent speakers have included Alex Salmond, Alistair Darling, Michael Portillo and James Naughtie.
This event is free of charge and all staff, students and members of the general public are welcome to attend. To book a place at this popular event, please register in advance via the on-line shop.