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logo-primaryCarnegie Corporation of New York was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding”, a mission it continues to fulfil today by funding major programmes that further education, democracy and international peace.

To celebrate its centenary, the Corporation is funding a ten-year programme of public lectures at Scotland’s ancient universities: St Andrews, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The programme will bring some of the world’s most important thinkers in the fields of the arts, sciences, education and international affairs to Scotland to engage with local audiences in a vibrant exchange of knowledge and ideas.

At St Andrews we are grateful that Carnegie Corporation’s generous funding of this lecture series is allowing us to open a new chapter in our long-standing relationship with Andrew Carnegie and the values he promoted.

The above picture was taken on the day of the inaugural lecture. It shows (from left to right) Professor Sir David Edward, Chair, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland; Professor Louise Richardson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews; Professor Michael Sandel, Anne T and Robert M Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University; Professor Andy Walker, Secretary and Treasurer, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland; and Angus Hogg, Chair, Carnegie Dunfermline and Hero Fund Trust.