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Beatty Memorial Lectures Series

2015 Beatty Memorial lecturer John Wood, Founder of the global literacy non-profit Room to Read. Read McGill's interview with John Wood. 

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

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

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

Anna Tibaijuka, Beatty lecturer 2007: "Divided Cities: Caught between hope and despair"

An audience member poses a question to the 2014 Beatty lecturer, Karl Deisseroth.

Muhammad Yunnis, Beatty Memorial Lecturer 2010: Nobel Peace Prize winner for founding the Grameen Bank.

Welcome to the Beatty website!

On the following pages, you can learn more about the Beatty Memorial Lecture Series, one of McGill University’s signature annual events. You will also find information on its sister program the Beatty Talks, including how your project can apply for financial support. 

A great McGill tradition

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

Keep reading to discover how your McGill department or Faculty can sponsor a lecture. You can also watch, read about, and see the complete list of past events. Learn more >> 

Small talks, big ideas

Beatty Talks were created in 1989 as a means of expanding on the Memorial Lecture Series to contribute year-round to the intellectual richness of life at McGill. Through this program, funding is available to assist McGill units in organizing lectures by visiting scholars, scientists, and other individuals of interest to professors, researchers, and students. Learn more >> 


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