Adam Smith Lecture

By Muir, Andrew | Management Services, Autumn 2011 | Go to article overview

Adam Smith Lecture


Muir, Andrew, Management Services


Mr Bob Smith, Scottish Region Chairman and Dr Andrew Muir, UK Deputy Chairman, attended the 2011 Adam Smith Lecture held in Kirkcaldy on Wednesday 20 July.

At the invitation of the Adam Smith College Chancellor, the Rt. Hon Gordon Brown MP, Professor Amartya Sen, awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contribution to welfare economics and social choice theory, and his wife Harvard Professor Emma Rothschild, a leading expert on the work of Adam Smith, spoke to a full audience of special guests and members of the public.

The Adam Smith Lecture has welcomed leading international figures to Fife for almost 40 years to promote an insight into Adam Smith, the Kirkcaldy born philosopher and father of modern economics. Most recently, the college has had the pleasure of welcoming Kofi Annan, former SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations, and this year's Lecture goes one step further by introducing two celebrity speakers.

The speakers addressed the topic 'Scotland's Gift to the Global Society: Adam Smith -the Man and his Legacy'. Professor Rothschild focused on the historical aspects, including Smith's ideas on Europe, and Professor Sen on the ethical and contemporary elements.

The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP said: "As Chancellor of Adam Smith College I am both delighted and proud to see such an important and historically significant event being hosted in Kirkcaldy, the birthplace of Adam Smith and my own home town.

"Both professor Sen and Professor Rothschild made this an extremely interesting and thought provoking event which was enjoyed by a diverse audience from students and educationalists to business leaders and politicians. …

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