The Caritas Lecture is a Watson's institution which has seen some of the most eminent figures in their fields come to share their experiences. Lord Robert Winston, Professor John Curtice, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Professor Sarah Churchwell have been among the recent speakers.
This year is no different: James Naughtie is a journalist who has witnessed momentous events in politics and international affairs over the past few decades. Starting in newspapers before moving to broadcasting, he is now a familiar and authoritative guide to the world around us. In the midst of the Brexit turmoil, and the Trump revolution in the United States, this will be a sharp-eyed and witty account of the forces that are shaping our world from a writer and broadcaster who has watched them develop in the last few decades.
Born in Moray, he was educated at the University of Aberdeen and Syracuse University in New York. He began his career at the Press & Journal before moving to the London office of The Scotsman. He joined The Guardian in 1984, becoming its Chief Political Correspondent a year later. James became a household name as he moved into radio, presenting 'The Week in Westminster', 'The World At One' and 'Today' on BBC Radio 4, amongst other TV and radio appearances. He is the author of several non-fiction works and two political thrillers and has chaired both the Man Booker and Samuel Johnson prize judging panels.
Tickets for the 20 November event are unfortunately now sold out, but those lucky few who managed to book should prepare to be enlightened, disturbed and amused!