In collaboration with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the Fulbright Association presents the annual Fulbright Legacy Lecture Series featuring prominent speakers in international relations

“Developing humane, far-sighted, generous and just migration regimes is a humanitarian imperative and a strategic necessity
for Europe and America alike. At the moment, unfortunately the U.S. has been a bystander as Europe has struggled to
cope with the refugee surge… the migration crisis is not just a humanitarian emergency;
it is dividing European countries, fragmenting European unity and weakening the North Atlantic alliance.”

– Dr. Michael Ignatieff

Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2016) – The Fulbright Association has formalized a long-standing collaboration with the US-UK Educational Commission (The Fulbright Commission) to support an annual lecture series held in the UK called the Fulbright Legacy Lectures. The lectures are given by prominent speakers on timely issues in international relations and delivered at three universities in the UK. The series functions as an ongoing memorial to Senator William J. Fulbright, founder of the Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program.

Michael Ignatieff, the 2016 Legacy Lecture speaker, delivered three lectures focused on different aspects of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. The lectures took place at three locations in the UK starting on June 6 at the University of Edinburgh, followed by King’s College London on June 8 and on June 10 at Pembroke College, Oxford, where Senator Fulbright studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Michael Ignatieff, the former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, is known for his work as a politician, academician and author. He has held several senior academic posts at Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, the University of Toronto and is currently the Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Between 2006 and 2011, he served as an MP in the Parliament of Canada and then as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition. He is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and holds eleven honorary degrees. Dr. Ignatieff will take the post of Rector and President of the Central European University, Budapest, later this year.

Dr. Jay Nathan, an inaugural member of the Fulbright Association’s 1946 Society, represented the Association at Dr. Ignatieff’s lecture at Oxford University on June 10. Given the timing of the lecture just days before the UK referendum on EU membership on June 23, Dr. Nathan felt that the opportunity to hear Dr. Ignatieff speak about the impact the refugee crisis is having across the European Union “broadened and deepened my understanding of countries and cultures. It is an attractive benefit of the 1946 Society that I can share with my students, colleagues, Fulbright scholars and alumni around the world.” Dr. Jay Nathan, a professor of management at the Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y., is the recipient of Senior Fulbright awards to Thailand, Poland, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.


“We [alumni] are all grateful for our Fulbright experiences – and they truly changed our lives.
I am very passionate about promoting the Fulbright concept,
and I live it every day when I meet people of all cultures.”

– Dr. Jay Nathan, 1946 Society member

Past speakers chosen to give the Fulbright Legacy Lectures have included economist Joseph E. Stiglitz, historian Emma Rothschild, former Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Nobel Prize Laureate Harold Varmus and former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department Anne-Marie Slaughter. The series is supported by Lois Roth Endowment. The Fulbright Association and the US-UK Fulbright Commission hope to expand the opportunity for more Fulbright alumni to attend this annual Fulbright Legacy Lecture Series in the future.


The US-UK Educational Commission (The Fulbright Commission) was created by treaty on September 22, 1948, to foster mutual understanding through educational exchange between both nations. The US-UK Fulbright Commission is one of the oldest bilateral Fulbright partnerships globally. The Fulbright Commission fulfills its mission in two ways: administering the US-UK Fulbright Awards Program and EducationUSA Advisory Service.