Some 25 past, present and future MA graduates attended our special celebratory event hosted by Leiden University to mark the 10th full year of our pioneering and jointly-offered MA programme in European History & Civilization – which links the History Faculties of Leiden, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Oxford Universities.
Our “pilot year” was launched in 2004-5, with just five intrepid pioneers ! Many have gone on to exciting careers in cultural industries, in public service, and of course in academia, too. The get-together in Leiden on September 18th also coincided with the final graduation of this year’s MA cohort of eight students. Proceedings involved an update on the MA programme, and a special seminar looking at the development of rights through European history. The seminar involved leading professors from Leiden, Oxford and Paris I Universities, discussing key moments in the development of the story of human rights, arising at least in part from the time of Magna Carta 800 years ago, which was, of course, in keeping with the special qualities of our course, given in three differing perspectives, reflecting views from the Netherlands, from France and from the UK.
Certificates were handed out to this year’s graduates by Rector Magnificus Professor Carel Stolker of Leiden University who attended the event, along with one of the programme’s founding fathers, Professor Wim van den Doel, Dean of Humanities at Leiden. Good wishes were sent from the other two who were both speaking at other conferences, Professor Robert Evans, Emeritus Professor of Modern History at Oxford, and Professor Jean-Pierre Genet, former Professor of History at Paris 1 Panthenon-Sorbonne.