World-Leading Lectures in St Andrews: Andrew Carnegie & The St Andrews Prize for the Environment

Whilst we know the vast majority of our alumni depart St Andrews for pastures new upon their graduation, we hope you know that you’re always welcome back to visit us. When you are back, there are often events taking place at the University that you could attend during your visit, be they lectures, plays by Mermaids, sports fixtures over at the University playing fields, or a concert by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the Younger Hall. Next week sees three such prestigious lectures that are open to all.

Monday 28 April, 5pm, Buchanan Lecture Theatre
“What Money Can’t Buy: Markets, Morals and Civic Life”

“The world’s most relevant living philosopher”, Harvard University Professor Michael Sandel, will deliver the University of St Andrews’ Inaugural Andrew Carnegie Lecture. 

Professor Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. He has been described in the media as “the most relevant living philosopher”, “the most effective communicator of ideas in English”, a “rock-star moralist” and “the most famous teacher of philosophy in the world.” Sandel’s writings have been translated into 24 languages. He delivered the BBC Reith Lectures in 2009, and now presents an ongoing series for BBC Radio 4 called “The Public Philosopher.” His legendary course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television. It has been viewed by millions of people around the world, including in China, where Sandel was recently named the “most influential foreign figure of the year.” (China Newsweek)

Tuesday 29 April, 3:30pm, Medical Lecture Theatre
“8 People Who Changed the World”

The first of two public events as part of The St Andrews Prize for the Environment meeting for 2014. Eight previous winners return to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Prize. Following a presentation of their projects and how each has benefitted from being awarded the Prize will be your chance to ask some questions live or via Twitter using the hashtag #8changeworld

Wednesday 30 April, 5pm, Buchanan Lecture Theatre
“Beyond £’s: Valuing the things that really matter”

Join Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge, for this insightful lecture as the final part of The St Andrews Prize for the Environment programme for 2014. Dame Fiona was awarded the CBE for her services to the environment and conservation in 1998 and was appointed DBE in 2008. She was Director-General of the National Trust from 2001 to 2012 and led radical change in structure and management for this well-known institution giving it a more welcoming approach for its 4 million members.


All alumni, friends, parents, former parents, visitors are welcome to these three special events and are first-come-first-serve. We do hope that if any of you are around, that you’ll be able to get along and enjoy them! 


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