▲ Christopher Rodrigues giving the lecture. Photographed by Lee Arim.
On March 16, Christopher Rodrigues, the Chair of the British Council, gave a distinguished lecture on “The Power of Public Policy and Cultural Relations” at the International Studies Hall of Korea University (KU). The lecture was hosted by the British Council Korea and was organized by KU-Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)-Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) EU Centre, for scholars of international renown and students of KU.
Park Sung-Hoon, the Executive Director of the KU-KIEP SBS EU Centre, introduced Rodrigues and his career serving many important international positions, such as the founder of Financial Services Authority of United Kingdom (UK) and the president of Visa International. Rodrigues, based on years of global experiences, spoke of the powerful cultural elements of Korea he had discovered and emphasized on solving global challenges through cultural connections, rather than confrontations. During the question and answer session, Rodrigues dealt with many controversial questions received from the audience, such as political immigrants in the UK, and the role of British Council in the matter of Brexit.
Closing his lecture, “Think about the world we live in. Politicians have completely lost control of verbal communication. We live in a digital world where you and your friends can talk about the world, not necessarily focusing on geographical boundaries. British Council is trying to create a balance, securing sensitive democratic values throughout the world. It is better to try, though we may not succeed, than not try, and live with consequences,” he remarked.