Beatty Memorial Lectures Series

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Thursday October 12: the 2017 Beatty Memorial Lecture with McGill professor emeritus Charles Taylor, one of the most profound intellectuals of our time on spirituality and secularism. 

The 2016 Beatty Memorial Lecture with internationally acclaimed author, essayist and poet Margaret Atwood.

2015 Beatty Memorial lecturer John Wood, Founder of the global literacy non-profit Room to Read. 

Witold Rybczynski, Beatty Lecturer 2013: "Architecture and the Passage of History"

Arthur Brendel, Beatty Memorial Lecturer 2011: world renowned pianist, poet and author ("Does Classical Music Have to be Entirely Serious?")

Beatty Memorial Lecturer 2010: Muhammad Yunnis, Nobel Peace Prize winner, founder of the Grameen Bank, 

Karl Deisseroth, Beatty lecturer 2014 speaks with students ("Illuminating the Brain")

A great McGill tradition, 65 years in the making. 

Since 1952, the Beatty Memorial Lecture Series has brought some of the world’s leading thinkers to campus for a captivating public talk. The presenters also spend time meeting and exchanging ideas in smaller settings with faculty and students. 

On this page, you will find information about all the lectures, as well as many of the video recordings available online to watch. Keep reading to discover how your McGill department or Faculty can sponsor a lecture