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 '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.
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 was preceded by a reception.
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- 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