Greater Tulsa Reporter
WELCOMING: At the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa’s Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture’s “Fireside Conversations” are, from left, Dr. Roger Blais, University of Tulsa provost; Dr. James Sloss, OU-Tulsa Graduate College dean; former First Minister of Scotland Henry McLeish; Howard Barnett, OSU-Tulsa president; Raj Basu, OSU-Tulsa vice president for academic affairs; and OU-Tulsa professor Rodger Randle.
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On March 8, Henry McLeish, former First Minister of Scotland, visited the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa’s Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture, as the inaugural guest for the center’s new series of “Fireside Conversations” that will feature small group visits with important figures in global arts, politics and culture.
McLeish spoke about current events in the UK, including what Brexit means for Great Britain and how Brexit raises the possibility of Scottish independence.
His most recent book is “Rethinking Our Politics: The Political and Constitutional Future of Scotland and the UK.” He has authored or co-authored over half a dozen books.
McLeish served as a member of the cabinet during the prime ministership of Tony Blair. He also played a key role in the process of creating devolution for Scotland and was subsequently elected as a member of the first Scottish Parliament. He subsequently rose to become the First Minister of Scotland.
McLeish currently serves as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council.