26th March: 8.00pm
Michael Ignatieff in conversation with William Crawley
In this interview with William Crawley, the internationally renowned historian of ideas and Booker Prize-finalist Michael Ignatieff will discuss his new book On Consolation and how great figures in history, literature, music, and art searched for solace while facing tragedies and crises.
Born in Canada, Michael Ignatieff is a university professor, writer and former politician. Between 2006 and 2011, Michael served as an MP in the Parliament of Canada and then as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition. He was until recently the Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest. He stepped down at the end of July 2021, to stay as a Professor in the History Department.
His new book On Consolation shows how men and women in extremity have looked to each other across time to recover hope and resilience. Recreating the moments when great figures found the courage to confront their fate and the determination to continue unafraid, On Consolation takes those stories into the present, contending that we can revive these traditions of consolation to meet the anguish and uncertainties of the twenty-first century.
William Crawley is a BBC presenter and journalist. He hosts the leading current affairs programme Talkback on BBC Radio Ulster. He has written and presented radio and television programmes on many subjects, from history and science to religion and literature.