By Humphrey Carter

MEMBER of the Scottish Parliament, Professor Christopher Harvie, will be giving a lecture in Palma next week on “Scotland, the quiet revolution.”.
Harvie is the Scottish Nationalist Party MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife and a member of prime Minister Alex Salmond's Chief Executive.
He has been invited to Palma by the Obra Cultural Balear and will be giving his talk in English on December 27.
Apart from being a MSP, Harvie is a Scottish historian and before his election, he was Professor of British and Irish Studies at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

Harvie was educated at the Royal High School and the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated in 1966 with a First Class Honours M.A. in History. He received his PhD for a thesis on university liberalism and democracy, 1860-1886.

As a historian, Harvie taught at the Open University from 1969 until 1980, when he was appointed Professor of British and Irish Studies at the University of Tübingen.

He is the author of several books on topics including Scottish history, nationalism, North Sea oil, the British political novel and European regionalisation.

Harvie was formerly a member of the Labour Party.
He co-wrote a pamphlet in favour of the Scottish Assembly along with Gordon Brown in 1979, and co-edited the history of the Scottish Labour Party in 1988, before leaving the party the following year.

He is Honorary President of the Scottish Association for Public Transport, and holds honorary chairs at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Strathclyde.

He also writes for Guardian Unlimited's online ‘comment is free' site. He was elected during the 2007 election for the Mid Scotland and Fife region.
The talk is at Cal Alcover (calle Sant Alonso) at 8pm.


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