On 7 September 2020, UNU will host “Great Crises Through the Lens of History“, a virtual conversation with Prof. Margaret MacMillan, Professor of History, University of Toronto. This event will be held via Zoom Webinar at 18:30 (JST).
Crises whether pandemics, major wars, revolutions or economic collapses have punctuated human history exacting a vast toll of death and misery and wrecking societies. A study of the history of such events helps us to understand how they occur, why some societies cope better than others and what we may learn from them whether in developing new policies or technologies. Understanding the past can be crucial in coping with great challenges and preparing for the ones to come. What key lessons can be learned from the great crises of the 20th century? What parallels are evident between those and the current COVID-19 pandemic? Does comparing the present to the past give cause for optimism or caution?
Prof. MacMillan will join UNU Rector David M. Malone to delve into the intriguing history of major crises in the modern era.
The UNU Virtual Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation via the Q&A tab. As permitted by time, a number of live audience questions will be selected for speakers to address.
Please note that this event is in English. Advance registration (by 6 September 2020) is required and is limited in capacity. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page. Registrants will be sent a link on their emails to attend via Zoom Webinar on the day of the event.
Margaret MacMillan is professor of History at the University of Toronto and an emeritus professor of International History at Oxford University, specializing in the international history of the 19th and 20th centuries. She was a member of Ryerson University’s History Department for 25 years, Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 2002 to 2007 and Warden of St Antony’s College and Professor of International History, University of Oxford from 2007 to 2017. Her publications include Paris, 1919 and The War that Ended Peace. Her latest book is War: How Conflict Shaped Us.
Prof. MacMillan was educated at the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford. She holds honorary degrees from the University of King’s College, the Royal Military College, the University of Western Ontario, Ryerson University, Huron University College of the University of Western Ontario, the University of Calgary, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Bishop’s University and the University of Toronto.
Online via Zoom Webinar