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Wednesday, 15th July, 2020

Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of 15 books, including The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, Empire, Civilization and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. For the past five years he has written a weekly column for The Sunday Times (London), also published by the Boston Globe and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, amongst other newspapers. It has just been announced that he is joining Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York-based advisory firm, and a co-founding board member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company. He also serves as a trustee of the New York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies. His most recent book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the U.S. in 2018, and was a New York Times bestseller. A three-part television adaptation, Niall Ferguson’s Networld, aired on PBS in March 2020.

Session

Niall Ferguson and Maya Jasanoff: Lessons from History

Niall Ferguson and Maya Jasanoff in conversation

Award-winning economic historian Niall Ferguson, who is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, is one of the world's most admired, prolific and controversial historians. Ferguson's detailed study of economic data on the pandemic tracks the path and predicts the future of today's world crisis. Maya Jasanoff is the Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University and author of three books that have won her the Duff Cooper Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the George Washington Book Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Windham–Campbell Literature Prize and the Cundill History Prize. Her teaching and research extend from the history of the British Empire to global history and examine the dynamics of modern globalisation.

In a riveting conversation, Ferguson and Jasanoff delve into the history of pandemics and share their perspectives on one of the most pressing questions of our time.