The Ambassadors’ Lecture Series was the prelude to the establishment of the Centre for the Study of Forgiveness and Reconciliation at Coventry University in 1996.
It was organised by Professor Kamran Mofid. After receiving a PhD in Economics, Kamran came to Coventry from the University of Birmingham in 1986 as senior lecturer at the Department of Economics at Coventry Polytechnic which was the precursor to Coventry University.
Soon after he met George Bull together with whom he co-founded the Centre for the Study of Forgiveness and Reconciliation.
They ran many national and international conferences together, including: Japan and the U.K. Economy; Forgiveness and Reconciliation; NAFTA and the EU; Japan and the Global Economy; and Iran and the Emerging Global Order, all held at Coventry University.
Ambassadors’ Lecture Series, which they also co-founded, invited international speakers including the former presidents of Ireland and South Africa, namely, Mrs. Mary Robinson, and F.W. de Klerk to deliver lectures at Coventry Cathedral. They also invited other international speakers including Ambassadors of Japan, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Mexico and the High Commissioner of Canada to deliver lectures on the need for dialogue and mutual respect among different cultures and civilisations at Coventry’s St. Mary’s Guildhall.
The Ambassadors’ Lecture Series aimed at enabling frank exposition of their respective countries’ policies to a far wider audience in search of better understanding of why particular nations and peoples have acted in certain ways and what changes are desirable and feasible in different nations’ aims and attitudes.
The anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Pacific War, made the decision of the Ambassador of Japan to accept the invitation to give the very first Ambassador’s Lecture especially significant and timely.