In its own words the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding” is one of the oldest, largest and influential of American grant making foundations. The Corporation focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: the strength of democracy, international peace, and the advancement of education and knowledge. It serves as an incubator of ideas, a convenor of scholars, educators, policymakers and others, and as a strategic investor in organisations and institutions that can demonstrably contribute to the betterment of society.

It was in this spirit that the Carnegie Corporation of New York generously founded the Andrew Carnegie Lecture Series at the University of Edinburgh in 2013. This ten year initiative strengthens our outreach to the public and brings world-leading thinkers and practitioners in the arts ever closer to the interests and concerns of our colleagues and students. At Edinburgh College of Art we have been fortunate to host a number of exceptional speakers whose careers have demonstrably changed our understanding of the world we live in. Aside from delivering a public lecture, speakers join our community, engage with student work and contribute to a legacy publication so that their thoughts might reach a wider international audience. We are grateful to the Carnegie Corporation of New York for its generous support and hope you enjoy the outcome.