22 Apr 2013 5:00pm - 6:30pm Clare College



MacColl Lecturer 2013

Dame Margaret Anstee


The annual MacColl lecture of the department of Spanish and Portuguese commences a one-day symposium celebrating the life and work of J B Trend, the first Professor of Spanish in Cambridge, and a central figure in the history of Hispanism.

About Margaret Anstee

Dame Margaret served at the United Nations for over four decades (1952–93), becoming the first woman to rise to the rank of Under-Secretary-General (in 1987) and to head of UN peacekeeping mission. The first part of her career was devoted to economic and social programmes, mostly with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – she was UNDP Resident Representative in eight countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. From 1987-1992 she served as Director-General of the UN in Vienna, and concurrently as Head of the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs and Coordinator of all UN narcotic drug-control programs. From 1992-93 she was the Secretary-General's Special Representative to Angola.

Dame Margaret continues to be actively involved in international affairs. She has been an advisor to the Bolivian government and, in 1994, wrote a report for the UN Conference on Trade and Development on the technical cooperation needs of developing countries. Since 1996 she has served as an advisor to the UN Departments of Political Affairs and Peacekeeping Operations, and has taken part in practical training in peacekeeping techniques for military and civilian personnel. She writes and lectures widely on the UN. Her autobiography, Never Learn to Type, is an excellent overview of her four decades of service to the UN. She was awarded the inaugural UNA-UK Sir Brian Urquhart Award for Distinguished Service to the UN on United Nations Day 2011.



Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Cambridge and the Residencia de Estudiantes.


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