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Second Annual Edward and Emily McWhinney Memorial Lecture Announced

February 15, 2018
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies is pleased to present Professor Loukas Tsoukalis, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and leading expert on European integration for this year's Edward and Emily McWhinney Memorial Lecture, entitled: "Brexit and the European Union: Is There Life After the Divorce?"

Date: March 21, 2018
Time: 7:00pm

Segal Building, Room 1200
Simon Fraser University
500 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

This event is free, but seating is limited. Register online at eventbrite.ca

Event Description

On 23 June 2016, the majority of British people voted to leave the EU, arguably the most important political decision taken in the British Isles since the end of the Second World War. Was it an accident long waiting to happen or the result of the populist surge in an era of globalization and widening inequalities? Can the UK afford to cut itself loose from the rest of the European continent? Or, will membership be replaced by a new special relationship yet to be defined? In recent years, the EU has been through a major crisis of its common currency, the euro, as wells as a refugee crisis; and now comes Brexit. Can European integration overcome internal divisions in an adverse external environment? And if not, what would be the implications for Europe and the rest of the world?

Presenter Biography

Professor Loukas Tsoukalis has taught in several universities in Europe and North America, including the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, Sciences Po in Paris, the University of Athens, the College of the Europe, the European University Institute in Florence, and Harvard University (Kennedy School). He is the author of many books and articles on European integration and international political economy. He has advised the former President of the European Commission and the former President of the European Council. He is the president of Greece’s leading think tank (ELIAMEP) and he now teaches in Paris and Bruges. His latest book In Defence of Europe: Can the European Project Be Saved? was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. He has received the Légion d’honneur of the French Republic for his contribution to European integration, as well as many academic distinctions and awards.

Edward and Emily McWhinney

The Edward and Emily McWhinney Memorial Lecture was established in 2017 to honour the memory of two long-time friends and supporters of Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University and is devoted to contemporary issues in international relations.

Both Edward and Emily were committed to academic excellence and public service and this now annual lecture is a lasting legacy for the couple at SFU. It is organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies to support public discussion of the topics that animated the McWhinneys' professional and intellectual lives.

Professor Emeritus Edward Mcwhinney, QC passed away in 2015 on his ninety-first birthday, following a short illness. He was predeceased by his wife Emily McWhinney, who passed away in 2011.