The Douglas W. Bryant annual lectures
The Eccles Centre has hosted an annual lecture since 1993. In 1995, this lecture was named in honour of Douglas W. Bryant who served as Trustee and Executive Director of the American Trust for the British Library between 1979 and 1990 and as its President between 1990 and 1994.
This lecture entitled 'Populism and the Presidency' will be given by journalist Martin Dickson, on 16 May 2016, in the British Library Conference Centre.
Free entry, book via the BL Box Office
Journalist Martin Dickson examines the 2016 US Presidential campaign. It is shaping up to be one of the most unusual in recent history. Candidates from the fringes of the Republican and Democratic parties, back by grass-roots supporters, have been mounting strong challenges to politicians favoured by party establishments. The trend is especially marked among Republicans, who are at war with themselves. He examines the political, social and economic causes of the revolt, the policy implications for whoever gets to the White House, and whether there are lessons in America’s experience for the UK and continental Europe.
Martin Dickson has over 30 years’ experience of the media industry working in the UK, the US and elsewhere around the world as a reporter, commentator, editor and manager. He was formerly Deputy Editor (2005-12) and US Managing Editor (2012-14) of the Financial Times. He has been a close observer of US business and politics since the 1990s, when he spent five years heading the FT’s New York bureau during the George Bush Senior and Clinton presidencies. The winner of various awards for business journalism, he has been a member of the board of the British Library since April 2015.
The lecture will be preceded by a reception.
- 2015 Magna Carta, 1776 and All That by Matthew Barzun
- 2014 How Dismal is the Future of American Politics? by Tony Badger
- 2013 From Acadia to Arab Spring: Reflections on America's Place in the World by Lyse Doucet
- 2012 Rorschach President: How Barack Obama personifies the anxieties and aspirations of America by Gary Younge
- 2011 Why Men Hate to Talk about Relationships: the US, the UK, and the Atlantic Alliance by Philip Bobbitt
- 2010 Anti-Americanism in the 21st Century by Simon Jenkins
- 2009 Marathon: Looking Back at the Historic US Election of 2008 by Larry J. Sabato
- 2008 Constitutions: Does America's Work? Does Europe Need One? And What About Us? by Lord Kerr of Kinlochard
- 2007 The New Security: A Post-Cold War Understanding of Security in the 21st Century by Gary Hart
- 2006 How Digital Life Innovations Can Shape The Future Of Libraries by John Sculley
- 2005 The Atlantic - A Bridge or a Chasm? (PDF format) 252KB by the Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP KCMG QC
- 2004 The pursuit of power: leadership selection in the United States (PDF format) 150KB by David S. Broder
- 2003 The U.S. – The Role of World Leader: “A Decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind…” (PDF format) 155KB, by Baroness Williams of Crosby
- 2002 A New Security for an Old America, by the Hon. Raymond G.H. Seitz
- 2001 A World Without a Father, by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
- 2000 The Immortality of the Book (PDF format) 92KB, by Sir Anthony Kenny
- 1999 The U.S. Presidency in the Twenty-First Century (PDF format) 110KB, by Steve Forbes
- 1998 Can the Special Relationship Survive into the 21st Century (PDF format) 47KB, by Lord Renwick of Clifton
- 1996 The Approaching Millennium: Challenges and Opportunities (PDF format) 54KB, by Harriet Fulbright
- 1995 Europe and America: Britain's Opportunity (PDF format) 59KB, by Lord Howe of Aberavon
- 1994 Equality and Autonomy: The Polarization of Constitutional Law (PDF format) 119KB, by Kenneth W. Starr
- 1993 British Travellers Report on the White Conquest of the Trans-Mississippi West, 1865-1905 (PDF format) 189KB, by Professor R.A. Burchell