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‘Impact of the Past’ Lecture Series at the Institute for Advanced Study

October 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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One event on November 2, 2018 at 5:30pm

One event on February 6, 2019 at 5:30pm

One event on March 27, 2019 at 5:30pm


The Institute for Advanced Study’s public lecture series “The Impact of the Past” runs from October 2018 through 2020.

“Many of the political problems we are facing today have a long bloodline,” said Karina Urbach, a visitor in the Institute’s School of Historical Studies and the curator of the series. “To understand how we got to where we are today we need historians. This lecture series will show how relevant history is to the present.”

The first four lectures in 2018–19 will focus on political problems in America, China, and Europe. Lectures will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall at the Institute for Advanced Study.


October 10, 2018 – “Applying History in Real Time: A Tale of Two Crises”
Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

November 2, 2018 – “Policing the Past: The CIA and the Landscape of Secrecy”
Richard Aldrich, Professor of International Security, University of Warwick

February 6, 2019 – “China’s Past in Its Present and Future: War and the Making of a New Order in Asia, 1937 to the Present”
Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, St. Cross College, University of Oxford

March 27, 2019 – “Brexit. ‘Jolly Old Storm Clouds.’ Britain and Europe, 1919-2019”
Patricia Clavin, Professor of International History, Jesus College, University of Oxford

Registration is required. Please click here for more information: https://www.ias.edu/impact.


October 10, 2018
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Wolfenson Hall, Institute for Advanced Study
1 Einstein Drive
Princeton, 08540
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