Cambridge (MA), June 2015

Zsuzsanna and I will be in Japan, Myanmar, Russia, Britain, France and Hungary between now and the end of the summer!

You may well ask why.

First, Japan. With a small team from the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs in New York, we will be talking to experts, academics as well as survivors about the moral lessons to be drawn from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the tsunami of 2011. This is for an ongoing research project on global ethics for the Council.

The same project will then take us to Myanmar to listen to Burmese experts and academics about the tensions that have surfaced, once again, this time in relation to the Rohingya, now fleeing the country in desperate circumstances.

We will be in St. Petersburg, Russia—my father’s birthplace—to assist in the graduation exercises at the European University there, and finally, at the end of June will join a celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Charta and its place in the history of human rights at the British Library in London.

After that, holidays!

We will be back to teach human rights and international politics at the Kennedy School in the fall.

Michael Ignatieff


Technology and Risk: Learning from the Japanese Experience, The Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education, Tokyo, Japan - Thursday, June 4, 6-7:30 PM

Authoritarian Capitalism and the Crisis of the Liberal Narrative, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia - Thursday, June 25, 4 PM

The Power of Iconic Documents, The British Library, London - Monday, June 29, 6:30-8:30 PM