This Year’s Lecture

The Lord Caradon Lecture – 27 October at 7.30pm – The Powers of Xi Jinping  

Just to confirm that the lecture is going ahead as planned in the Main Lecture Theatre of the Roland Lewinsky Building on 27 October at 7.30pm and will be followed by the usual reception. If you wish to attend in person and have not yet registered, please do so at

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The Trustees of the Lord Caradon Lectures Trust are delighted to tell you that their 2021 lecture will be held in the Main Lecture Theatre of the Roland Lewinsky Building at Plymouth University on 27 October at 7.30pm.  They will be returning to the usual format of a live lecture followed by questions and a reception.  Facemasks are not currently mandatory, rather left to personal preference.  If you wish to attend in person please register your attendance so we have some idea how many people will be attending.  There is no onsite parking so attendees are requested to use the public car parks in Drake Circus or Regent Street and walk across.  That said, there are a limited number of disabled parking spaces available – please email the Trust if you would like one.

If you would rather not attend in person, you can simply log on to the Plymouth University YouTube channel on the night or view the lecture at your leisure after the event. There is no need to register your attendance on our website should you choose this option.

Clearly, if government guidance tightens in respect of Covid we will update this webpage so do keep an eye on it!

This year’s lecturer is Kerry Brown who Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute. He is currently working on a study of the Communist Party of China as a cultural movement and will be speaking on The Powers of Xi Jinping.

From 2012 to 2015, he was Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to this, he worked at Chatham House (2006 to 2012) as Senior Fellow and then Head of the Asia Programme. Meanwhile, from 2011 to 2014, he directed the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN), giving policy advice to the European External Action Service.

From 1998 to 2005, he worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing, and then as Head of the Indonesia, Philippine and East Timor Section. From 1994 to 1996, he lived in the Inner Mongolia region of China.

He has a MA from Cambridge University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Mandarin Chinese (Distinction) from Thames Valley University, London, and a PhD in Chinese politics and language from Leeds University.

He is the author of over ten books on modern Chinese politics, history and language, including: The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China (2014); What’s Wrong with Diplomacy: The Case of the UK and China (2015); Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (in Four Volumes, 2014-2015); China’s CEO: Xi Jinping (2016); China’s World: What Does China Want (2017).

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