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Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture. Hubris, Brexit and A Life in Politics

David Owen Interviewed by Louise Richardson

Friday, 5 April 2019

4:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £20

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Former foreign secretary Lord David Owen discusses the mental and physical condition of political leaders past and present, reflects on the state of Brexit, and talks about his life in politics, in the third lecture in an annual series in which the vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Louise Richardson, invites an eminent figure to be in conversation with her.

Owen is a former neuroscientist and has written extensively on hubris syndrome – an exaggerated pride, extreme self-confidence and contempt for others seen in powerful leaders. He says there is compelling evidence that the course of world history has been changed by the ill health of world leaders. His latest book, Hubris: The Road to Donald Trump, looks at how the mental and physical condition of past leaders paved the way for the narcissistic Donald Trump.

Owen voted to take Britain into the Common Market against the Labour party line in the early 1970s. However, he campaigned in the referendum for leave, arguing a federalist Europe was moving away from us. He has recently argued for the UK to move into the European Economic Area before transitioning to a ‘Canada Plus Plus Plus’ deal.

Owen served in Labour governments as Navy minister, health minister and foreign secretary. He co-founded the SDP in 1981, was its leader from 1983-90, and now sits in the House of Lords as an independent social democrat.

The first two Vice-Chancellor’s Lectures were delivered by terrorism expert Professor Richard English and novelist Anne Enright.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Chêne Bleu Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University The Feathers Hotel Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Wadham College Wadham College