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23rd April 2018

Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, to give flagship seminar at Exeter College

How dangerous are current threats to liberal democracy? That is the question that former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, will address when he gives this term’s flagship Rector’s Seminar at Exeter College on 16 May.

The Seminars see inspirational figures – national and international leaders in their field – discuss openly an area of their expertise, enhancing the experience and outlook of students across disciplines.

Exeter College alumni and all current members of the University of Oxford, including students and staff, are warmly invited to attend. You can register for the event by clicking here.

About Kevin Rudd

Mr Rudd served as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2013, and as Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2012. In 2008, he formally acknowledged the suffering caused by decades of mistreatment of Indigenous Australians in his National Apology to the Stolen Generations. He led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis, reviewed by the International Monetary Fund as the most effective stimulus strategy of all major economies. As Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr Rudd was active in regional and global foreign policy leadership.

Among the many influential positions Mr Rudd now holds are: President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York; Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism; Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London; Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington; and co-Chair of the China Global Affairs Council of the World Economic Forum. To read more about Mr Rudd’s work visit

Registering for the event

All current members of the University of Oxford and alumni of Exeter College are invited to attend Mr Rudd’s talk, ‘How dangerous are current threats to liberal democracy’. It will take place in Exeter College’s FitzHugh Auditorium at Cohen Quad, Walton Street at 5.30 pm on Wednesday 16 May. The event is free to attend. To book your place click here.

Photo by Eva Rinaldi, CC BY-SA 2.0

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