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From: 31 May 2017 - 6:00pm
To: 31 May 2017 - 10:00pm
Image of an archer in silhouette, pointing a bow and arrow towards the sky

This year, as part of our 70th anniversary series, the Cumberland Lodge Lecture will be delivered by Lord Finkelstein OBE, Associate Editor and political columnist at The Times.

Lord Finkelstein will explore whether there is an arrow to history and, if so, in which direction it points.

He will address whether we should be optimistic or pessimistic about the trajectory of current trends in politics and its impact on society, with a focus on recent developments in Europe and North America.

The Cumberland Lodge Lecture is an annual event and a broad spectrum of guests are invited, including senior academics, public servants, parliamentarians, business leaders and media representatives.

Lord Finkelstein is the former Executive Editor of The Times. He was also an adviser to both Prime Minister John Major and the Conservative leader William Hague. He was named Political Commentator of the Year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2011 and 2012. He is also a former chairman of Policy Exchange and has been a Member of the House of Lords since August 2013.

He was educated at University College School, LSE, and at City University London. His mother, Mirjam Finkelstein, was a Holocaust survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and daughter of Dr Alfred Wiener, the Jewish activist and founder of the Wiener Library.

Please note that admission to this event is by invitation only. To find out more about this year's anniversary lecture, please contact Deborah West, Executive Assistant to the Principal, at, or call 01784 497785. The evening will start with a drinks reception at 6pm and the main lecture will begin at 6.40pm. 

Watch live

We will be live-streaming the event on our Facebook page here, from approximately 6.40pm until 7.50pm, including questions from the audience and a welcome and introduction from our Chairman of Trustees, Sir Stephen Wall. 

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