Cambridge (MA), December 2015

Between December 3 and December 21, Zsuzsanna and I will be in South Africa for the final leg of our incredible journey with the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs Centennial Project. Since 2013, we have been to Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Bosnia, Myanmar and Japan, as well as Queens New York and Los Angeles to learn from activists, scholars and writers about ethical conflict within their societies. We’ve been learning how the ‘ordinary virtues’—trust, forgiveness, tolerance and resilience—manage to endure in societies living through social conflict, democratic transition, recovery from war or natural disaster.

On our concluding journey, we will be listening to South Africans make sense of what has happened to the ‘rainbow nation’—Mandela’s vision of racial harmony and justice—in a society where, twenty years after liberation, inequality and injustice stubbornly endure.

Between January 4 and January 17, we will be in Budapest to give a series of lectures at Central European University on human rights and the refugee crisis in Europe.

We return to the Kennedy School for the spring semester and I will be teaching DPI 205: Representation and Responsibility: The Demands of Public Life.

Zsuzsanna and I wish all our friends and all visitors to this site a peaceful and safe holiday season.

Michael Ignatieff


The Right to Have Rights: Migrants, Refugees and the Duties of States, Central European University, Budapest - January 12

The Refugee Crisis in Europe: How Did It Happen? What Do We Do Now?, Central European University, Budapest - January 14

The Global Migration Crisis, American Academy in Berlin and Brookings Conference on the Refugee Crisis, Washington, D.C. - February 4-6

Human Rights and the Refugee Crisis, The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University - Thursday, February 25 at 7 PM

Do Human Beings Make Moral Progress?, The Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas - April 7

Human Rights and the Refugee Crisis, The Spitzer Lecture, The City College of New York - April 14

Keynote Address, Common Ground Summit, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan - April 15

The Invasive Other, Keynote Address, The New School for Social Research Conference, New York - April 21