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Drake presents lecture on the Scottish referendum

Derek Wilson, former Scottish solicitor and law professor from the University of Nantes in France, will deliver a lecture titled “The Scottish Referendum on Independence: Bravehearts or Faint Hearts?” on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in Drake University’s Sussman Theater.

During fall 2014, Wilson is serving as global practitioner-in-residence at the Drake University Law School. As part of his time at Drake, Wilson will deliver a series of lectures as well as teach a course titled “Separatist Movements.” The course examines the implications of movements like the Scottish referendum, which will occur on Sept. 18, possibly allowing Scotland to leave the U.K. The other main topics covered in the course include: the creation of new nations, the exploration of national identity and its impact, the creation of new constitutions, sovereignty and currency unions, and the international impact of a diminished United Kingdom.

Wilson’s lecture will focus on what it means to be Scottish and Scotland’s relationship with the U.K.—from joining the U.K. to the devolution, to the present referendum. He will explore the potential consequences for Scotland, the rest of the U.K., and other allied nations.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University.

For more information, contact David Skidmore at david.skidmore@drake.edu or 515-271-3843.