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Beatty Memorial Lecture Series

Seven decades of stimulating lectures

In 1952, McGill received a $100,000 gift from Dr. Henry A. Beatty in memory of his brother, Sir Edward Beatty, who was president of the Canadian Pacific Railway for many years, as well as Chancellor and Chair of McGill’s Board of Governors from 1920 to 1943. The gift endowed the Beatty Memorial Lecture series, which aims to bring the world’s most respected and influential scholars, scientists, or leaders to McGill.

Past Beatty Memorial Lectures

On this page, you will find the most comprehensive list available of past Beatty Memorial Lectures. Click on the title, where available, to watch the lecture or read coverage of the event. 

2010s

Witold Rybczynski
"Architecture and the Passage of History"
October 19, 2013

Past Beatty Talks

McGill departments and other academic units have organized Beatty Talks since 1989. Below please find a list of the illustrious lecturers who have participated as well as their affiliated organization, titles of their presentations, date of the event, and sponsoring group or groups.

2010s

Margaret Rossiter
"Women in Science and Medicine: Reflections on a Century"
October 13, 2012
Science Outreach, Redpath Museum, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, History and Classical Studies, Medicine