News: Oct 16, 2012
Professor Brian Palmer's theme is "Living with Extreme Courage - How a Global Heroine Can Change Your Life"
Brian Palmer is a social anthropologist and his area of expertise is civic courage, which he will be speaking about during the Annual Lecture on Global Collaboration. Brian previously held the Torgny Segerstedt Guest Professorship at the University of Gothenburg. Before that he taught at Harvard University where his courses on civic courage and engagement attracted as many as 600 students per term, and in 2002 Brian was awarded the Levenson Prize as Harvard’s best lecturer. Brian is currently working at Uppsala University.
The book Global Values 101 is based on Brian's Harvard courses. His doctoral dissertation, also at Harvard, explored Swedish conceptions of solidarity. In 2006, he and Per-Anders Forstorp published a book about rhetoric and symbolism in Swedish political campaigns. Brian has also done a study of how time pressures are recasting Swedes' inner lives.
Brian is the research director of the Raoul Wallenberg Calendar, a collection of 365 accounts of individuals who took great risks for human rights, peace and democracy. The work is being published internationally in several languages and will be serialized on Radio Sweden on each day of 2013. Brian was a summer host of the radio program Sommar i P1 in 2004. He lectures in Sweden and internationally more than forty times per year, with a focus on civic courage and what Susan Sontag called ”the simultaneity of wildly contrasting human fates.” His website is brianpalmer.org
Time & place: The seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 13th from 15:30-17:00 in the Auditorium at the Vasaparken, the main University building – Free admittance
The lecture is part of Global Week at the University of Gothenburg taking place from November 12-16. Read more about Global Week:
Previous speakers of the Gothenburg Annual Lecture on Global Collaboration
2010: Jan Eliasson, former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, former President of the UN General Assembly, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations since July 1st 2012
2011: Thorvald Stoltenberg, former Norwegian Minister of Defence (1979-81) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1987-89 and 1990-93)