In its Salon series of lectures the Legatum Institute hosts scholars, writers, artists and public figures who, in conversation with an invited audience, discuss some of the issues that are fundamental to the success of societies that are free, prosperous and enterprising.
Ranging widely across the arts, sciences and humanities, the lectures promote a discourse between cultural, philosophical, economic and political modes of enquiry.
Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 Last Year of Peace
An extraordinary period in human history came to a sudden and cataclysmic end in the summer of 1914. Nineteenth century Europe was an expansionist and prosperous civilisation. Its economy boomed, the arts and humanities flourished, scientific progress accelerated, personal liberty became the birthright of increasing numbers of people. And from 1871 onwards, Western Europe was at peace.
The Autumn lecture series will relive the last year of peace as experienced in the lives of key individuals. Their achievements and pre-occupations in the year 1913-14 illustrate the multi-faceted nature of a brilliant culture - one whose legacy helped to shape the world we live in today. International in their perspective and multi-disciplinary in approach, these lectures will make an original contribution to the understanding of human prosperity and liberty.
Upcoming Events in the Salon Series
Rowan Williams, Theologian, former Archbishop of Canterbury
8 January 2014, 18:30 arrival for 18:45 start, close 20:45
The beginning of the twentieth century was the high tide of liberal Protestant thought in Germany, its greatest exponent being the historian, Adolf von Harnack. Its optimism and moral idealism were among the casualties of 1914-18. This lecture looks at Harnack's influence and examines the way in which post-war thought was shaped by the reaction against his kind of liberal religion.
Past Events in the Salon Series
Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 The Last Year of Peace - Autumn 2013 Series
Diplomacy: Sir Edward Grey and the Crisis of July 1914
Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of History, King’s College London
26 September 2013, 18:30 arrival for 18:45 start, close 20:45
Sir Edward Grey, Britain's Foreign Secretary from 1905 to 1916, was a typical product of English Liberalism's belief in progress and the application of reason to human affairs. But in his memoirs, published in 1934, the great war leader David Lloyd George declared that Grey was 'one of the two men primarily responsible for the war.' Was Lloyd George right?
Entrepreneurship: A Century of Chanel
Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief, Harper's Bazaar UK
17 October 2013, 18:30 arrival for 18:45 start, close 20:45
From the revolutionary modernism of 1913 to this year's cutting-edge couture shows, Chanel's central place in the landscape of fashion has also overlapped with art and the wider culture. Justine Picardie, the editor of Harper's Bazaar and author of Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, examines how the designer's rise to fame in 1913 created an explosive impact that still reverberates today.
Sources of Innovation: A Mayfair Salon Evening in 1913
Bonnie Greer, Chancellor of Kingston University, playwright, novelist and critic
15 November 2013, 18:30 arrival for 18:45 start, close 20:45
In this evocation of a time of unparalleled dynamism and creativity across disciplines, Bonnie Greer will weave readings from Proust, Joyce, Saki, Pound and Yeats with an eclectic blend of modern jazz/improvisation mixed in with the classics of Debussy, Stravinsky, de Falla, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern, performed by the award-winning musicians from the ground-breaking Jazz Warriors International concert series.
1953-2013 Promise of Freedom Series - Spring 2013 Series
Marking the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen, the Legatum Institute hosted a series of lectures exploring the relationship between British and American culture in the period 1953-2013. How did the creative arts in the UK impact on the American cultural scene, and vice-versa? The series also explored the contribution of culture to wider transatlantic political, social, and economic trends, reflecting the Legatum Institute’s focus on gaining a comprehensive understanding of prosperity. Download brochure here [PDF].
| ||The Arts of Peace and War 1953-2013 with Simon Mayall |
20 June 2013
Lieutenant-General Simon Mayall, Senior Adviser Middle East, Ministry of Defence, discussed the intellectual and cultural context of military strategy and warfare. The concluding lecture in the 'Promise of Freedom' salon series served as a reminder that no aspect of the life of a society can be studied in isolation: the arts and the humanities flourished during this period first under the shadow of the cold war, and at the turn of the millennium the conflicts in the middle east became an inescapable part of the public debate in British and American culture.
|Women On Stage: Theatre, Liberty, and Prosperity with Dame Harriet Walter |
23 May 2013
Dame Harriet Walter delivered a talk on changing attitudes towards women, and the evolution in the understanding of women's theatrical roles, in the history of the drama in Britain during recent decades. While omen first appeared on stage as actors in the theatres of restoration London in the 1660s, it was only in the late twentieth century that womankind really came into her own in the history of drama.
|Three Poems of George Herbert with Sir John Tavener |
21 April 2013
World Premiere of three choral works composed by Sir John Tavener and commissioned by the Legatum Institute. Tavener's choice of three works by the early 17th century poet George Herbert were set to music, taking us back to an earlier chapter in the transatlantic story - the time when religious and political radicals fled the Church and State establishment of England in order to embrace the freedom promised in the new American colonies.
| ||The Changing Face of Royal Portraiture with Sandy Nairne |
14 March 2013
Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, discussed the changing face of royal portraiture and how the iconography of the Queen as portrayed in the immense variety of portraits that have been painted of her since 1953 has reflected the changing relationship between the Sovereign and her subjects.
|"Where Are We Now?" Are the Arts of Any Use Poetry with Lord Gowrie |
26 February 2013
Lord Gowrie, a former Cabinet Minister with responsibility for the Arts under Margaret Thatcher delivered the inaugural lecture. He has published several acclaimed collections of verse, and his lecture concentrated on how British and American poetry influenced each other during the 1953-2013 period.
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