Friend or Foe? War and Society, with Margaret MacMillan
War is one of the most fundamental driving forces of human civilization. Today, prominent voices claim that we live in the most peaceful era in human history, but contemporary technologies such as artificial intelligence and cyberwar pose potentially existential threats. We should not turn away from the subject of war, however abhorrent we may find it. Rather, we must understand war in order to mitigate its effects, but also, vitally, because it is integral to understanding who we are.
Professor Margaret MacMillan is one of the world’s preeminent scholars of international relations. A best-selling author and frequent commentator in the media, she is known for her unparalleled grasp of her subject – war and peace – as well as her gift for vivid and powerful storytelling. She is emeritus Professor of International History at the University of Oxford, former Warden of St Antony’s College (University of Oxford), and visiting distinguished historian at the Council on Foreign Relations (2020-21). In 2021, MacMillan won the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
Lecture with Margaret MacMillan:
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Science Center Chang Hou Auditorium 101 with reception to follow.
The William J. Cooper Foundation provides a varied program of lectures, performances, and exhibitions that enrich the academic life of the College. The foundation was established by William J. Cooper, who specified that the income from his gift should be used “in bringing to the College eminent citizens of this and other countries who are leaders in statesmanship, education, the arts, sciences, learned professions, and business.”