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What did you speak about at Scotland's Global Impact? - Jim Hunter
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AB_SGI_03_JIM_HUNTER_Q_03
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Jim Hunter
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41021
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
speakabout

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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Professor Jim Hunter answers the question:

'Could you give a brief summary of what you spoke about at the conference?'

'Well I, I spoke about at the conference this morning, as you would have heard, perhaps, about the, really looking at the, I suppose, in very shorthand terms, looking at the experience of those Highlanders who didn't emigrate, but making contrasts between them and the emigrants. And also putting forward the view that, and I believe this very strongly, that in recent times the Highlands have turned a corner and after having been on a downward path for a long, long time are now arguably on the up and up and can look forward to a pretty good future. And so I was trying to strike, as I always do in these contexts, an optimistic note about the present and the future, as opposed to sort of dwelling on the undoubtedly rather miserable past.'


BIOGRAPHY

Professor James Hunter CBE FRSE is director of the Dornoch-based UHI Centre for History, UHI being the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands. The author of eleven books on Highlands and Islands themes, he has also been active in the public life of the region. In the mid-1980s he became the first director of the Scottish Crofters Union, now the Scottish Crofting Foundation. More recently he was chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the north of Scotland's development agency. In the course of a varied career, Jim has also been a journalist and broadcaster. He is presently a board member of Scottish Natural Heritage and chairs SNH's Scientific Advisory Committee.

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What did you speak about at Scotland's Global Impact? - Jim Hunter

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; speakabout;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Professor Jim Hunter answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'Could you give a brief summary of what you spoke about at the conference?'<br /> <br /> 'Well I, I spoke about at the conference this morning, as you would have heard, perhaps, about the, really looking at the, I suppose, in very shorthand terms, looking at the experience of those Highlanders who didn't emigrate, but making contrasts between them and the emigrants. And also putting forward the view that, and I believe this very strongly, that in recent times the Highlands have turned a corner and after having been on a downward path for a long, long time are now arguably on the up and up and can look forward to a pretty good future. And so I was trying to strike, as I always do in these contexts, an optimistic note about the present and the future, as opposed to sort of dwelling on the undoubtedly rather miserable past.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Professor James Hunter CBE FRSE is director of the Dornoch-based UHI Centre for History, UHI being the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands. The author of eleven books on Highlands and Islands themes, he has also been active in the public life of the region. In the mid-1980s he became the first director of the Scottish Crofters Union, now the Scottish Crofting Foundation. More recently he was chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the north of Scotland's development agency. In the course of a varied career, Jim has also been a journalist and broadcaster. He is presently a board member of Scottish Natural Heritage and chairs SNH's Scientific Advisory Committee.