"Our duty falls on you who have just graduated in these three disciplines. Musicians - sing loudly and rooted to this nation! Wake it up. Anthropologist - lay bare it’s curious relationship to the public sphere. Historians - compose a better story which you can tell to itself."
Scottish journalist and writer Neal Ascherson studied history at Cambridge, and was described by the late Eric Hobsbawn as "perhaps the most brilliant student I ever had." After a two-year stint in the Royal Marines he started pursuing a journalism career, working for the Manchester Guardian and the Scotsman before becoming a reporter and foreign correspondent for the Observer. He has won awards including the Orwell Prize for political writing, and has published several books – most recently, Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland.