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Professor Margaret MacMillan—author of Paris 1919

Professor Margaret MacMillanConfederation Centre of the Arts has announced that the 2018 Symons Medal will be awarded to historian and author Professor Margaret MacMillan. The Medal recognizes a distinguished individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. The award will be presented to Dr. MacMillan at Confederation Centre on November 23.

Professor of history at the University of Oxford and former Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, Dr. MacMillan is one of the world’s most distinguished specialists in modern international history. Her research focus is British imperial history, international history of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the causes of war, specifically World War One. Her publications include Paris, 1919: Six Months that Changed the World, The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, and History’s People: Personalities and the Past. Among her awards and accolades, Dr. MacMillan is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and holds seven honourary degrees; she was the first woman to win the Samuel Johnson Prize. Also known for her insightful contributions to public discourse, she is a sought-after commentator on international issues of our time.

Dr. MacMillan was educated at the University of Toronto and University of Oxford. She was a member of Ryerson University’s History Department, Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, and Warden of St Antony’s College and Professor of International History at the University of Oxford from 2007 to 2017. She is an Emeritus Professor of International History at University of Oxford, Professor of History at University of Toronto, Xerox Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs. She is also the 2018 BBC Reith Lecturer.

The medal ceremony creates a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state and future prospects. The ceremony will take place in Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown with tickets available via the Box Office at a later date. 

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