Guest lecture with Lord Stephen Green: East, West and the Search for Universal Values
The long journey of human self-discovery has reached a crucial stage. Urbanisation is changing us all, and there is no possibility of turning back from this great change in human history.
Lord Stephen Green. Photo by Chris McAndrew [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]
None of the great cultures of Europe and Asia will remain immune from the breakdown of older norms and self-understandings. The risk is that we confuse urban life-experience with an individualism that makes the self the subject of every sentence. The hope is that the more we learn about each other through our new urban connectedness, the more we will discover the commonalities of human experience. For we discover our true individuality only as we discover the other.
About Lord Stephen Green
Stephen Green has been a celebrated contributor to contemporary debates and international conversations on cultural, geopolitical, religious and environmental issues that face the increasingly connected and urbanized peoples of Europe and Asia.
He served as Group Chairman of HSBC Bank (2005-2011) and was then Minister of State for Trade and Investment in the British government (2011-2013. He now chairs the Natural History Museum in London and Asia House. He is an ordained priest in the Church of England and a member of the House of Lords (Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint).
He is the author of a number of books, including:
- Reluctant Meister: How Germany’s Past Is Shaping Its European Future, London 2014
- The European Identity: Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny, London 2015
- Brexit and the British: Who Are We Now?, London 2017
- The Human Odyssey: East, West and the Search for Universal Values, London 2019