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Not for Turning: The Leadership & Legacy of Margaret Thatcher

March 30–31, 2017
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room


Thursday, March 30

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
Robin Harris: Not for Turning: The Life of Margaret Thatcher
Robin Harris is an author and freelance journalist who also lectures in history at the Croatian Catholic University. He published Not for Turning: The Life of Margaret Thatcher shortly after Lady Thatcher's death, providing candid insight into her personality, ideas, and achievements. For most of his professional life, Harris worked for either the Conservative Party or the Conservative Government of Margaret Thatcher. 


Friday, March 31

8:50 a.m.
Welcome and introductions

9 - 10:30 a.m. The Downing Street Years I

Nicola Tynan: Before the Downing Street Years
Nicola Tynan is associate professor of economics at Dickinson College. Her work with Andrew Farrant on Lady Thatcher during the 1940s and 50s appears in the journal Economic Affairs and as a chapter in Hayek and the Modern World: Economic Organization and Activity. She is associate editor for Essays in Economic and Business History, the journal of the Economic and Business History Society.

Nile Gardiner: Margaret Thatcher and the Leadership Lessons of the Falklands War
Nile Gardiner is director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. He is the former foreign policy researcher to Lady Thatcher in her private office, and assisted with her final book Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World. He is a leading authority on US-British relations and the transatlantic alliance.

Moderator: Lynn Uzzell


10:30 – 11 a.m. Break 

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Downing Street Years II

John Bolton: Margaret Thatcher and Her Influence on American Thinking
John R. Bolton was appointed as United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations on August 1, 2005 and served until his resignation in December 2006. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Bolton served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from May 2001 to May 2005. Ambassador Bolton currently serves as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

John O'Sullivan: Mrs. Thatcher and Europe: Odysseus or Moses?
John O'Sullivan is a journalist, author, lecturer and broadcaster. He is editor-at-large of National Review magazine, where he served as editor-in-chief for almost a decade until 1998. In 1987-88 he served as special advisor to Lady Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street and he also assisted in the writing of her memoirs. His book The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister highlighted the roles played by Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and Prime Minister Thatcher in the collapse of communism. 

Moderator: Ethan Alexander-Davey


12:30 – 2 p.m. Break

2 – 3:30 p.m. After No. 10

Sir Mark Worthington: A Discussion with Sir Mark Worthington
Sir Mark Worthington OBE was appointed as political secretary followed by private secretary to Lady Thatcher beginning in 1992, and he continued in that capacity for the next 21 years until her death in 2013. He was also Director of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation from 1992 until 2010. He is an advisor to the Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation in Washington and an advisor to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. Sir Mark is now an independent business consultant specializing in government/public affairs/international advice. 

Moderator: Terry L. Price


3:30 – 4 p.m. Break

4 – 5 p.m. Margaret Thatcher: A Critical Assessment 

Sir David Cannadine: Margaret Thatcher: The View from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Sir David Cannadine FBA is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University, Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, and President-elect of the British Academy. He is the author of many books, including most recently, Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy. He is a frequent guest on radio and television shows in the United Kingdom. 

Moderator: Peter Kaufman



Co-director: Gary L. McDowell
Co-director: Dan Palazzolo
Event Manager: Shannon Best

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