The 2023 Fulbright Distinguished Lecture: The Grace of Repair


The 2023 annual Fulbright Distinguished Lecture will take place at the University of Edinburgh, and online, on Thursday 30 November at 5.30pm. These distinguished annual lectures commemorate former United States Senator J. William Fulbright, alumnus of Pembroke College, Oxford and founder of one of the most prestigious international education awards programs in the world: the Fulbright Program.

This year’s lecturer, Professor Earl Lewis, the Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, will deliver the lecture on The Grace of Repair.

From the 18th century slave ship origins of “Amazing Grace” to the singing of that hymn by President Barack Obama to mourners grieving the 2015 racist murders of Black parishioners in Charleston, leading social historian Professor Earl Lewis uses key moments in US and UK history to examine how individuals and institutions have sought to repair the impact of slavery and systemic racism. How in this highly fractionated age, Professor Lewis asks, do we build grace-filled communities that embrace both difference and inclusivity?

To attend the lecture for free, in person, or online, register via Eventbrite.

The annual Fulbright Distinguished Lecture is hosted by the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the US-UK Fulbright Commission; King's College London; Pembroke College, University of Oxford; and the Lois Roth Endowment.