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​On June 23, 2016 a slim majority of the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union by national referendum. The reasons that led to this historic vote, ending forty-three years of UK membership in the EU, are still being widely debated, as are the potential ramifications. This two-day event brings together journalists and scholars from European and American universities to uncover both the underlying issues that precipitated the UK's decision to separate from the EU as well as the ongoing fallout from the "Brexit" vote, especially for those of us working in global universities.


Date: December 1

Location: Jerome Greene Annex

6:15-8:15: John Lanchester in conversation
Introduction by Susan Pedersen
Discussant: Adam Tooze
Moderator: Sam Wetherell


Date: December 2

Location: Heyman Center Common Room

9:00-9:45: Coffee

9:45-10:00: Welcome Remarks
Victoria Rosner

10:00-12:00: Panel 1: Brexit and Higher Education

Jane Ohlmeyer (Trinity College Dublin), “What does Brexit mean for Ireland?”

Gina Del Tito (British Council), “British Council, civil society and what happens next”

Rick Rylance (University of London), “‘In-out; in-out; shake it all about: UK research after Brexit”

Respondent: John Lanchester

2:00-3:45: Panel 2: Mission Impossible? Europe after Brexit

Christian Lequesne (CERI-Sciences Po), “EU Member States’ facing Brexit: comparative interests and strategies”

Yascha Mounk (Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Lecturer on Political Theory at Harvard University, and a Carnegie Fellow at New America), “Democratic Deconsolidation in Europe: The Threat to Liberal Democracy”

Turkuler Isiksel (Columbia University), “Waking from the European Dream”

Moderator: Mark Mazower

3:45-4:00: Break

4:00-5:15: Panel 3: Post-Brexit International Relations

Heidi Tworek (Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, German Marshall Fund, Washington DC, 2016-17, and Assistant Professor in International History at the University of British Columbia), “Brexit and the English-speaking World”

Stefan Froehlich (Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy and a Professor for International Politics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg), “Strategic Implications of the Brexit”

Moderator: Nadia Urbinati

  • Moderator Mark Mazower Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies Department of History, Columbia University
  • Discussant Adam Tooze Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History Columbia University
  • Introduction by Susan Pedersen Gouverneur Morris Professor of British History Columbia University
  • Jane Ohlmeyer Erasmus Smith Professor of Modern History Trinity College Dublin
  • Moderator Sam Wetherell Lecturer in Discipline in British History Columbia University
  • Keynote John Lanchester Journalist and Novelist
  • Welcome Remarks Victoria Rosner Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies; Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature Columbia University
  • Gina Del Tito Program Coordinator British Council
  • Rick Rylance Chief Executive Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • Christian Lequesne Full Professor CERI- Sciences Po
  • Yascha Mounk Lecturer on Political Theory Harvard University
  • Heidi J. S. Tworek Lecturer and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Department Harvard University
  • Stefan Fröhlich Senior Fellow; Professor for International Politics Transatlantic Academy; University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Turkuler Isiksel James P. Shenton Assistant Professor of the Core Curriculum Columbia University
  • Moderator Nadia Urbinati Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies Columbia University