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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.

2015 The Twentieth Annual Douglas W. Bryant Lecture

This lecture entitled 'Magna Carta, 1776 and All That' was given by the US Ambassador to the Court of St James's, Matthew Barzun, on 11 May 2015, in the British Library Conference Centre.

Matthew Barzun (c) Ander McIntyre
Matthew Barzun Ander McIntyre

In the Twentieth Annual Douglas W Bryant Lecture, Ambassador Matthew Barzun, reflected on the link between the Magna Carta and whiskey, based on the method by which the drink is made. A complex process, with deceptively simple ingredients, whiskey takes time to mature and produces strikingly different results depending upon the raw materials used and the geography within which it is produced. The Ambassador argued that Magna Carta and its legacy, in the rule of law and political freedom, can be viewed the same way, such as how it has influenced the UK and the US.

Matthew W Barzun has been US Ambassador to the Court of St James’s since August 2013. In post, he has established innovative and inclusive ways to engage with British audiences, especially young people. Ambassador Barzun worked on both the 2008 and 2012 Obama presidential campaigns and produced the first $25 per-person fundraiser. An internet pioneer, he has advised and invested in many start-up internet companies. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Literature and has a passion for music and education.

The lecture can be read in full here. An account of the evening can be found on the British Library Americas blog.

The lecture was preceded by a reception.

Professor Philip Davies (Director of the Eccles Centre), Catherine Eccles, Roly Keating (CEO, British Library), Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Viscount and Viscountess Eccles (c) Ander 
			McIntyre
Professor Philip Davies (Director of the Eccles Centre), Catherine Eccles, Roly Keating (CEO, British Library), Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Viscount and Viscountess Eccles Ander McIntyre

 


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