Massey Lectures 2014

Margaret MacMillan to deliver the 2015 CBC Massey Lectures

Margaret MacMillan in the St. Antony's College library in Oxford, England, where she is Warden. MacMillan is an expert on World War I and frequently lectures on the subject in conferences around the world. (Lefteris Pitarakis/The Associated Press)

Margaret MacMillan in the St. Antony's College library in Oxford, England, where she is Warden. MacMillan is an expert on World War I and frequently lectures on the subject in conferences around the world. (Lefteris Pitarakis/The Associated Press)

CBC is proud to announce that the 2015 CBC Massey Lecturer will be Margaret MacMillan, historian and renowned author of the international bestsellers The War that Ended Peace, Nixon in China, and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the Governor General's Literary Award and the Samuel Johnson Prize.

MacMillan's lectures will be about the roles individual men and women have played in history. She says, "I want to make a highly personal selection of those historical figures, women and men, who stand out for me and explain why; how they fit in their times and how they reflected prevailing values and attitudes, and where, like Luther or Marx, they challenged and changed them. I'm interested in personality traits and emotions, and among other things I'll be looking at such things as curiosity, daring, ambition, vision, stubbornness and integrity. I'm interested in great rulers, elected leaders and generals, whose personalities and decisions made a difference in history, and in writers, explorers and thinkers whose voices also speak to us across the centuries.'


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