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Lecture Series

The inaugural Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Lecture was delivered in 1990 by eminent author and historian, Dr James Hunter, the first in a lengthening line of distinguished contributors to this important lecture series.

The impressive list of eminent previous lectures, drawn from across a wide and varied spectrum of Scottish and international public life, has enabled the College to bring forward, for public debate, the thoughts and ideas of some of our most gifted thinkers from the worlds of politics, education, economics and the arts.

1990 
Dr James Hunter, Author, Historian and Academic

1991 
Lord Gus MacDonald, Minister of State in Scotland Office and DTI

1992 
John Goodlad, Secretary of Shetland Fishermans Association

1993 
Dr Una MacLean, Physician and Community Health Researcher

1994 
Dr John Purser, Writer, Composer and Musicologist

1995 
Alastair Moffat, Author and Director of STV

1996 
Donnie Munro, Musician, Artist and former Rector of the University of Edinburgh and UHI Millennium Institute

1997 
President Mary Robinson, Irish President

1998 
Calum MacDonald MP, Minister of State in Scottish Office; Èamon Ó Cuív TD, Irish Minister for the Gaeltacht

1999 
Gordon Brown MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer

2000 
Donald Dewar MSP, First Minister of Scotland

2002 
Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Musician, Writer, Composer and Director of the Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick

2004 
Jack McConnell MSP, First Minister of Scotland

2005 
Professor C. Duncan Rice, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen

2007 
Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland

2009 
Micheal Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

2010 
Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland

2012 
Ken MacQuarrie, Director, BBC Scotland

2014 
Rita Izsák, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues