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Professor Tony Blair Coming to Yale

The British are coming! . . . to Yale. Starting next year, Tony Blair will lead a seminar on faith and globalization and participate in other events at the prestigious university. Blair, who served for 10 years as Britain's prime minister, has been appointed Yale's Howland Distinguished Fellow.

Blair will keep his 10-day-per-month commitment, apparently, as the special envoy for the Middle East Quartet, which is comprised of the United Nations, United States, Russia, and the European Union.

A few months ago I saw Tony Blair speak on women's issues. He seemed like a regular guy with a lot of creative ideas. Do you think Tony Blair's leadership experience makes him a qualified teacher of faith and globalization? Would you take his course, even if you didn't agree with his politics?

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BlairSupporter BlairSupporter 7 years
So, tuffghost, are you a Tony Blair blood relative? Is he an uncle of your father or mother, OR a brother of one of your grandparents? That doesn't seem likely at his age. Possible, I suppose. Anyway, you shouldn't have much trouble getting on his course. You know his eldest son is at Yale right now, don't you? Get in touch.
renaimarie renaimarie 7 years
I would love to take his course! He's actually my great uncle!
BlairSupporter BlairSupporter 7 years
Hi tresjolie - I don't think Brown gets any better than this, I'm afraid. He's been around as long as Blair so we should have known what to expect. Well, I knew what to expect!!I'm afraid he's also proved to be a ditherer. Can't make his mind at the pace a leader needs to. And it's relentless. Every day, several new decisions before breakfast. Blair did it naturally, even if people sometimes said he made the wrong decision!They would, wouldn't they? It's tough for many of them to decide which cereal to have.The "forced to leave" thing is half accurate. You'll find all this at my site, but when the left wing cabal (with Brown behind the scenes) wrote him those treacherous letters in September 2006, he decided he'd go within a year, if the party truly didn't want him any more. But he didn't say when he would actually leave until May 2007. So it wasn't QUITE a coup.It was partly his own fault for saying in 2004, the night before he had a routine heart operation, (before the 2005 election - which he won), that if he won in 2005 he would serve a "full third term" but not a fourth term. His enemies within got the bit between their teeth, I'm afraid.Politics is a nasty business at times. And your enemy sits or stands behind. Your opponents are opposite.
BlairSupporter BlairSupporter 7 years
Hi tresjolie - I don't think Brown gets any better than this, I'm afraid. He's been around as long as Blair so we should have known what to expect. Well, I knew what to expect!! I'm afraid he's also proved to be a ditherer. Can't make his mind at the pace a leader needs to. And it's relentless. Every day, several new decisions before breakfast. Blair did it naturally, even if people sometimes said he made the wrong decision! They would, wouldn't they? It's tough for many of them to decide which cereal to have. The "forced to leave" thing is half accurate. You'll find all this at my site, but when the left wing cabal (with Brown behind the scenes) wrote him those treacherous letters in September 2006, he decided he'd go within a year, if the party truly didn't want him any more. But he didn't say when he would actually leave until May 2007. So it wasn't QUITE a coup. It was partly his own fault for saying in 2004, the night before he had a routine heart operation, (before the 2005 election - which he won), that if he won in 2005 he would serve a "full third term" but not a fourth term. His enemies within got the bit between their teeth, I'm afraid. Politics is a nasty business at times. And your enemy sits or stands behind. Your opponents are opposite.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
Mina: How exciting! Sounds very interesting. Give us updates after the course.I would love to take a class with Tony Blair, he is so much more than the recent politics of Iraq and such, and he did a good job in GB for a long time, as well as being the most prominent and inspiring speakers in Europe's recent history.Gordon Brown has been in office for one year now, and has still not grown into his role yet. I'm not against Brown, I'm just a little baffled over his lack of direction and authority. Mr. Blair is a hard follow up though, even if he was forced to leave.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
Mina: How exciting! Sounds very interesting. Give us updates after the course. I would love to take a class with Tony Blair, he is so much more than the recent politics of Iraq and such, and he did a good job in GB for a long time, as well as being the most prominent and inspiring speakers in Europe's recent history. Gordon Brown has been in office for one year now, and has still not grown into his role yet. I'm not against Brown, I'm just a little baffled over his lack of direction and authority. Mr. Blair is a hard follow up though, even if he was forced to leave.
BlairSupporter BlairSupporter 7 years
It's great to see Yale students' enthusiasm to listen to Tony Blair and learn from him. I was a late starter in coming to appreciate his political nous. But now I'm fully committed. You know what they say about late converts! Good luck to you all, and please keep us informed. My blog if you want to find out a bit more about Mr Blair is here: http://keeptonyblairforpm.wordpress.com/blair-to-yale-academia-politics-religion/
BlairSupporter BlairSupporter 7 years
It's great to see Yale students' enthusiasm to listen to Tony Blair and learn from him. I was a late starter in coming to appreciate his political nous. But now I'm fully committed. You know what they say about late converts!Good luck to you all, and please keep us informed.My blog if you want to find out a bit more about Mr Blair is here:http://keeptonyblairforpm.wordpress.com/blair-to-yale-academia-politics-religion/
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 7 years
So cool! I was hoping it was just a speech though, and not a class :( I'd definitely go visit my friend at Yale when he's there, but I wouldn't be able to hear him speak... darn it!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
Mina i am SO JEALOUS!!!!! I would kill to be in that class
Sammi_784 Sammi_784 7 years
its interesting to read the positive responses about tony blair. i live in the uk and the media here either love you or hate you. for tony blair they loved him at first, then hated him. its very refreshing to see that over in the usa he is still admired. i personally really like tony blair, he seems very intelligent and i think those who are going to be taught by him are incredibly lucky.
Sammi_784 Sammi_784 7 years
its interesting to read the positive responses about tony blair. i live in the uk and the media here either love you or hate you. for tony blair they loved him at first, then hated him. its very refreshing to see that over in the usa he is still admired.i personally really like tony blair, he seems very intelligent and i think those who are going to be taught by him are incredibly lucky.
brookrene brookrene 7 years
He just received the medal of freedom last week at SMU. I even designed the medal! He spoke twice while there, but i didnt get to see him. :(
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 7 years
Oh, this would be great! I'd love to take a course by him.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 7 years
Oh, this would be great! I'd love to take a course by him.
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 7 years
I don't like him very much, but I think his course would be interesting.
minaminamina minaminamina 7 years
I study race relations in America and colonial Africa - specifically, I study how racism has developed American culture, and how it influenced (and impeded) African nations. After my dissertation passes the History and African History counsels, it'll be available in academic bookstores early next year - it traces the history of American development, and discusses how the first occasion of race-based oppression in American history was essential to developing this country, and how modern schools depend on Eurocentric versions of history (i.e. Abe Lincoln freed the slaves, good north/bad south, Civil Rights movement was won through nonviolence, and other mythologies) because we are ashamed of our dependence on race. So basically, I spend half the year in various African nations and half the year in New Hampshire or New York researching my butt off!
minaminamina minaminamina 7 years
I study race relations in America and colonial Africa - specifically, I study how racism has developed American culture, and how it influenced (and impeded) African nations. After my dissertation passes the History and African History counsels, it'll be available in academic bookstores early next year - it traces the history of American development, and discusses how the first occasion of race-based oppression in American history was essential to developing this country, and how modern schools depend on Eurocentric versions of history (i.e. Abe Lincoln freed the slaves, good north/bad south, Civil Rights movement was won through nonviolence, and other mythologies) because we are ashamed of our dependence on race. So basically, I spend half the year in various African nations and half the year in New Hampshire or New York researching my butt off!
janneth janneth 7 years
Remember how he was depicted in the movie The Queen? He seemed like a wonderful person. I would love to hear him speak.
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
"The British are coming! . . . to Yale." :ROTFL: That was a great way to start this post!!! :)And, yes, I would most definitely take his course. Regardless of political beliefs if I get the chance to see a world leader speak, learn from them, or meet them I will go. I am a die hard Dem and my college (OU... obviously) had George the 1st come to campus ... I made sure I was there. I am not going to pass up the opportunity to see a world leader (even previous) just b/c I don't necessarily believe everything he does!
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
"The British are coming! . . . to Yale." :ROTFL: That was a great way to start this post!!! :) And, yes, I would most definitely take his course. Regardless of political beliefs if I get the chance to see a world leader speak, learn from them, or meet them I will go. I am a die hard Dem and my college (OU... obviously) had George the 1st come to campus ... I made sure I was there. I am not going to pass up the opportunity to see a world leader (even previous) just b/c I don't necessarily believe everything he does!
LibertySugar LibertySugar 7 years
Cool, minaminamina ! What are you studying?
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 7 years
OH! minaminamina if you get in, you'll have to tell us all about it! Good luck :)
minaminamina minaminamina 7 years
I'm wait-listed for the course, but I get preference as a doctoral student, so I'll let you all know how it goes!
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 7 years
it would be awesome to take a class with tony blair
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