Date February 24, 2020
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Former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to visit Brown on March 4

In the University’s 100th Ogden Lecture, the former U.K. Prime Minister and current member of Parliament will share insights from her time as Britain’s leader on politics, populism and polarization.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Theresa May, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and a current Member of Parliament for Maidenhead, will visit Brown University on Wednesday, March 4, to deliver the 100th Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs.

Theresa May’s speech, “Politics, Populism and Polarization: Perspectives on the Global Economy,” will mark the 100th Ogden Memorial Lecture at Brown.

In a presentation titled “Politics, Populism and Polarization: Perspectives on the Global Economy,” May will draw on her experience as Britain’s leader from 2016 to 2019, an extraordinary time in global affairs.

Brown University President Christina H. Paxson will introduce May and lead a moderated discussion on the successes, challenges and inspirations behind May’s decades-long government career.

May, the second woman in British history to hold the position of Prime Minister, has been involved in politics at all levels for many years. She started out stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative Association before going on to be a councilor in the London Borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994. In 1997, she was elected as Member of Parliament for Maidenhead, the constituency in which she lives — a position she still holds today.

She has held various positions in Parliament since and led the Conservative Party during her three years as Prime Minister. Appointed Home Secretary in 2010, May made history by becoming the longest-serving Conservative Home Secretary in the past 100 years.

The March 4 event at Brown will take place at 5:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and limited. Exact location information will be provided upon registration. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and close promptly at 4:45 p.m.

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The Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture

Since 1965, the Ogden Lectureship has presented the University and its neighboring communities with authoritative and timely addresses about international affairs. The lectureship was established in memory of Stephen A. Ogden Jr., a member of the Brown Class of 1960, who died in 1963 from injuries he suffered in a car accident during his junior year. His family created the series as a tribute to Ogden’s interest in advancing international peace and understanding.

Dozens of heads of state, diplomats and observers of the international scene have participated in the series, including former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Queen Noor of Jordan, former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, media innovator Ted Turner, astronaut Sen. John Glenn, economist Paul Volcker, Bolivian President Evo Morales, former prime minister of Italy Romano Prodi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon and His Highness the Aga Khan.

News Media Access

Members of the news media who wish to cover Theresa May’s visit to Brown University must request credentials from Brown’s Office of University Communications no later than 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time on Friday, Feb. 21. Complete details on media access and credential requests are available at