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Inaugural Provost’s Lecture with Mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti

1 December 2020

Old Member and Honorary Fellow, Eric Garcetti (International Relations, 1993), joined us live from Los Angeles, where he holds the office of Mayor, on 19 November to give the first Provost’s Lecture, on the theme of ‘Leadership in a time of crisis’. A recording of the event is now available to watch online.

‘It was a delight to have Mayor Eric Garcetti join us from Los Angeles,’ said the Provost, Dr Claire Craig. ‘In establishing this new lecture series, I wanted to create for the Queen’s community an annual event in which we put contemporary issues in the spotlight, as distinguished guest speakers share their knowledge and experience. I cannot think of a better person to have given the Inaugural Lecture: Eric expertly gave us a succinct explanation of his four principles of leadership, combined with illuminating examples from his recent experiences as Mayor of LA during the COVID crisis. His thoughtful and inspirational words clearly resonated with all of us, generating many comments and questions and leading to some fascinating further discussion.

‘While I would have loved to have been able to welcome Eric back to College, and for him to meet Old Members, Fellows, staff and students face to face, it was wonderful he could join us at such a busy time for him and it was a reflection of the strength of his relationship with the College that he was willing to do this. I would like to thank him very much indeed on behalf of Queen’s for making the Inaugural Lecture such a memorable event.’

The online event gave members of the College community the opportunity to tune in from around the world, and generated an enthusiastic response, with participants describing Mayor Garcetti as ‘superb as a speaker, and inspirational as a man’ and the event as ‘topical and highly relevant’.

Watch Mayor Eric Garcetti’s lecture, followed by his conversation with Dr Claire Craig, online here.