RECORDING: Public talk by Timothy Garton Ash: a Personal History of Europe

Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford, renowned historian Timothy Garton Ash will give a public talk at the White Hall of the University of Tartu Museum (Lossi 25) on May 11, 2023, 13:00-14:30.

Professor Ash will talk about his most recent book Homelands: A Personal History of Europe (Yale University Press 2023, published in Estonian by Varrak 2023). Drawing on half a century of travel and experience, Homelands tells the story of Europe in the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries - now, having emerged from its wartime hell in 1945, it slowly recovered and rebuilt, liberated and united to come close to the ideal of a Europe 'whole, free and at peace'. And then faltered. Humane, expert, and deeply felt, Homelands is full of encounters, conversations, and anecdotes. It is also highly personal: Timothy Garton Ash has spent a lifetime studying and thinking about Europe. Homelands is both a singular history of a period of unprecedented progress and a clear-eyed account of how so much then went wrong, all the way from the financial crisis of 2008 to the war in Ukraine. It culminates in an urgent call to the citizens of this great old continent to understand and defend what we have collectively achieved.

Timothy Garton Ash (b. 1955) is the author of eleven books of political writing or ‘history of the present’, which have charted the transformation of Europe over the last half century. He is a Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the George Orwell Prize for political writing and the Charlemagne Prize, and has been featured on Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people.

The talk will be held in English. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The event will be moderated by Klen Jäärats, Director for European Union Affairs at the Government Office of Estonia.

The event is organized by the UT Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies in cooperation with the Government Office of Estonia.

Contact: Evelyn Pihla,

The event is co-funded by the European Union in the framework of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “REPAIR: Rejuvenating Democracy in the EU” (grant agreement 101085795).

Jakub Isański

Open lecture about Ukrainian forced migrants

Kant 300 näituseinfo kujundus koos joonistusega Kantist

The exhibition "Kant 300 in Tartu: from manuscripts to heaven"


DIGI-GREEN HACKATHON: Unleashing Digital Expertise for a Sustainable Tomorrow