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Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash is the author of nine books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ which have charted the transformation of Europe over the last thirty years. He is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books and he writes a weekly column in the Guardian which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
His books are: ‘Und willst Du nicht mein Bruder sein …’ Die DDR heute (1981), a book published in West Germany about what was then still East Germany; The Polish Revolution: Solidarity (1983), which won the Somerset Maugham Award; The Uses of Adversity: Essays on the Fate of Central Europe (1989), for which he was awarded the Prix Européen de l’Essai; We the People: The Revolution of ’89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague (1990; US Edition: The Magic Lantern), which was translated into fifteen languages; In Europe’s Name: Germany and the Divided Continent (1993), named Political Book of the Year in Germany; The File: A Personal History (1997), which has so far appeared in sixteen languages; History of the Present: Essays, Sketches and Despatches from Europe in the 1990s (2000); Free World (2004); and, most recently, Facts are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade without a Name.
After reading Modern History at Oxford, his research into the German resistance to Hitler took him to Berlin, where he lived, in both the western and eastern halves of the divided city, for several years. From there, he started to travel widely behind the iron curtain. Throughout the nineteen eighties, he reported and analysed the emancipation of Central Europe from communism in contributions to the New York Review of Books, the Independent, the Times and the Spectator. He was Foreign Editor of the Spectator, editorial writer on Central European affairs for the London Times, and a columnist on foreign affairs in the Independent.
In 1986-87 he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. Since 1990, he has been a Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he directed the European Studies Centre from 2001 to 2006 and is now Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow. He became a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, in 2000. A frequent lecturer, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts and a Corresponding Fellow of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.

Series featuring Timothy Garton Ash

  • European Studies Centre
  • Alumni Weekend
  • Free Speech Debate
  • The Isaiah Berlin Lecture
  • Politics and International Relations Podcasts
  • Foundation for Law, Justice and Society
  • TORCH | The Oxford Research in the Humanities
  • Middle East Centre
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1 Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World In this keynote lecture, leading political writer Timothy Garton Ash will present his ten guiding principles for a connected world, and offer a manifesto for global free speech in the digital age. Timothy Garton Ash 19 May 2017
2 Free Expression in the Gulf Maryam al-Khawaja and Nicholas McGeehan (Middle East Researcher, Human Rights Watch) give a seminar for the MIddle East Centre. The discussant is Toby Matthiesen (St Antony's College). Chaired bt Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's College). Maryam al-Khawaja, Nicholas McGeehan, Toby Matthiesen, Timothy Garton Ash 27 Mar 2017
3 Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit Lecture with Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony’s College). Respondent: Anand Menon (King’s College London) Convenors: Timothy Garton Ash and Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony’s College). Kalypso Nicolaidis, Anand Menon, Timothy Garton Ash 03 Mar 2017
4 Putney Debates 2017 - Session IV: Preserving the Liberal Constitution The Putney Debates 2017 addresses the UK's constitutional future in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. Onora O’Neill, Timothy Garton Ash, Frank Vibert, Michael Keating 24 Feb 2017
5 Creative Commons Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit Lecture with Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony’s College). Respondent: Anand Menon (King’s College London) Convenors: Timothy Garton Ash and Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony’s College). Kalypso Nicolaidis, Anand Menon, Timothy Garton Ash 20 Feb 2017
6 'Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World' Professor Timothy Garton Ash discusses the premise of his new book titled 'Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World.' Timothy Garton Ash, Margaret MacMillan, Adam Roberts, Patricia Thornton 16 Jun 2016
7 The Cosmopolitan Outlook: How the European Project can be Saved Ulrich Beck, University of Munich and LSE, delivers the 2014 Dahrendorf Lecture. Ulrich Beck, Kalypso Nicolaidis, David Hannay, Timothy Garton Ash 13 Jun 2014
8 Poland's Peaceful Revolution: 25 Years After the Polish Roundtable Talks. Part Two. Part Two: Timothy Garton Ash. Timothy Garton Ash 17 Mar 2014
9 Creative Commons How Universal is Liberalism? Professor Ronald Dworkin, New York University, delivers the 2012 Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture, with response from Professor Sir Adam Roberts, President of the British Academy. Ronald Dworkin, Timothy Garton Ash, Adam Roberts 30 May 2012
10 Creative Commons Facebook, Privacy and You Is the age of privacy over? Lord (Richard) Allan from Facebook and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, author of Delete, go head to head on privacy and the right to be forgotten in the internet era. Richard Allan, Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Timothy Garton Ash 30 Mar 2012
11 Creative Commons Is Nothing Sacred? Free Speech and Religion Professor A C Grayling delivers the 2011 Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture, with responses by Charles Moore and Dr. Usama Hasan. Filmed on 10 June 2011. A.C. Grayling, Charles Moore, Usama Hasan, Timothy Garton Ash 02 Feb 2012
12 Creative Commons Jimmy Wales on Global free speech in the internet age Professor Timothy Garton Ash (Director of Free Speech Debate) interviews Jimmy Wales (Founder of Wikipedia) on the topic of global free speech and the internet. This was the launch event of Free Speech Debate and took place in Oxford on 19 Jan 2012. Jimmy Wales, Timothy Garton Ash 27 Jan 2012
13 Creative Commons Timothy Garton Ash on Free Speech Debate In this short introductory video, the director of Free Speech Debate, talks about the objectives of this Oxford University research project. Timothy Garton Ash 27 Jan 2012
14 What Europe for our grandchildren? The keynote lecture from the Oxford European Reunion in Paris, 6-8 May 2011 on the European Union and its future. Timothy Garton Ash 23 Jan 2012
15 Creative Commons Does the Internet Help People Power? Evgeny Morozov, author of "The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom", delivers a lecture on the political use of the internet, particularly during protests and demonstrations. Evgeny Morozov, John Lloyd, Timothy Garton Ash 23 Feb 2011
16 Creative Commons Wellbeing and Inequality in Post-Industrial Society The Annual Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture is delivered by a leading thinker on a subject related to Ralf Dahrendorf's concerns. This inaugural (2010) Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture was delivered by Lord (Adair) Turner. Adair Turner, Timothy Garton Ash, Michael Göring, Robert Skidelsky 06 Jul 2010
17 Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism Part 2 Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford gave a lecture entitled 'Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism'. Timothy Garton Ash 03 Jul 2008
18 Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism Part 1 Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford gave a lecture entitled 'Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism'. Timothy Garton Ash 03 Jul 2008