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Evenings with an Author: Roger Lipsey

March 11 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Politics and Conscience: Dag Hammarskjöld on the Art of Ethical Leadership, published in late February, gives us the occasion to look at Hammarskjöld’s life and contributions as a whole. Roger’s talk, richly illustrated with photographs and documents, will explore Hammarskjöld’s eight-plus years as secretary-general of the United Nations, his simmering conflict with Charles de Gaulle (the UN? “ce machin!”), and the power of his political thought and practice.

‘At a time when political leadership in many contexts seems to be assimilating itself to the worst and most corrosive bits of the entertainment industry, and when the whole ideal of public service is disregarded or despised, it matters that we know where to look for hope and challenge.  Dag Hammarskjöld’s extraordinary example of a statesmanship that was at once astute, humble, courageous, patient and risky is as necessary for us as water in the desert; and in this welcome book, Hammarskjöld’s finest modern biographer sets out with model clarity and passion just what we might learn from him, just what we might hold ourselves accountable to.’   

— Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College (Cambridge), Archbishop of Canterbury (ret.)

Roger is the author of Hammarskjöld: A Life (2013), the first full biography in 40 years, well-received in the English-speaking world and Scandinavia. He has published many other books on topics ranging from the spiritual in twentieth-century art to the life of the Trappist monk and author Thomas Merton. Roger has an undergraduate degree from Yale College and a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts (New York University). Visit rogerlipsey.net for a complete overview of his work as a writer.


March 11
19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
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