Making Britain Great Again? Lessons for America from Brexit

person waving British flag at London Bridge
Thursday, October 13, 2016
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Reception Follows
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
UC Berkeley

The special relationship between the UK and the US has been underscored by the passage of Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee this summer. Join author, historian and political commentator Niall Ferguson to discuss the parallels in these recent events and lessons to be learned from the British experience on Thursday, October 13th.  Professor Ferguson will be giving the prestigious R. Kirk Underhill Lecture sponsored by the Anglo-American Studies Program at the Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley. 

Ferguson has explored extensively the histories of the UK and the US in best-selling books such as Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power and Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, both of which were made into British television series. Adding to his lineup of 14 published books, Ferguson released in 2015 the first volume of the authorized biography of Henry Kissinger entitled Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist. Ferguson is a frequent commentator on current events, writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe

This past summer, Ferguson departed Harvard University, where he served as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, to be a full-time Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, where he plans to work on the second volume of his Kissinger biography. A full biography of Niall Ferguson can be found here

This lecture is the second R. Kirk Underhill Lecture. The first Underhill Lecture was given by Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, in 2015. The R. Kirk Underhill Lecture brings a leading figure from political or scholarly circles in the United Kingdom to UC Berkeley to discuss British affairs and their implications for the United States.