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A Tribute to Sir Bernard Crick

A Reflection on his Life and Work

Speakers: Professor Andrew Lockyer (Glasgow); Professor Elizabeth Meehan (Queens University Belfast); Professor Pamela Munn (Edinburgh); Mr Imtiaz Farookhi (CEO, National House-Building Council).

Professor John Peterson, Head of Politics & International Relations, welcomed guests and invited speakers to a tribute event to Sir Bernard Crick that took place on May 29, 2009. Politics & International Relations was proud to organise a reflection on the life and work on one of the leading British political philosophers and commentators of his generation. Sir Bernard had been an Honorary Fellow in Politics at Edinburgh since moving to Scotland in 1984 having taught at McGill University, the University of California at Berkeley, the London School of Economics, the University of Sheffield, and Birkbeck College.


The event commenced with appraisals of two of Sir Bernards seminal texts Orwell: A Life and In Defence of Politics by Charlotte Sophie Rommerskirchen and Dan Kenealy, two of Politics & International Relations Sir Bernard Crick Fellows.

Two roundtables were held with the invited speakers first offering personal stories about their experiences with Sir Bernard before engaging in an hour-long discussion of Sir Bernards contributions to both political theory and political practice. Highlights included many humorous reflections, particularly by Professor Lockyer and Mr Farookhi, both former students of Sir Bernard.

Mr David Millar OBE, who worked closely with Sir Bernard in writing the procedures for the Scottish Parliament, was unable to attend but provided an informative and humorous account of their work that was read by Professor Peterson.

A tribute video to Sir Bernard was made by a third Sir Bernard Crick Fellow Ekaterina Braginskaia.

Following the event an informal wine reception allowed guests to continue their personal reflections on Sir Bernards life and work.

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