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The 2014 Road Ahead Lecture on the Scottish Enlightenment with Tom Devine

19 May 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Road Ahead Prestige Lecture, delivered by Tom Devine

Why did the Scottish Enlightenment happen and could it happen again?

The renowned Scottish Enlightenment of the eighteenth century emerged from a small country which, on the face of it, was both poor and disadvantaged. The first part of the lecture will try to resolve this apparent paradox.

The second part will take a more speculative approach. With some comparative references back to the glory days of the Enlightenment itself, the question will be posed: Does modern Scotland have any of the preconditions for a new “hotbed of genius?”

The Prestige Lecture is kindly sponsored by Drambuie, Irn Bru and Tunnocks. Sponsors’ samples will be available from 18:30.


19 May 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


McCance Lecture Theatre, University of Strathclyde
16 Richmond Street
Glasgow, Scotland G1 1XQ United Kingdom
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