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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.

The Beatty Memorial Lecture traditionally takes place annually in the fall, during Homecoming festivities, on the University’s downtown campus. Research and International Relations organizes the major public lecture while a McGill department or Faculty serves as host, organizing additional events where the Beatty Lecturer can interact with students, faculty, and staff.
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Past Beatty Memorial Lecturers have been Nobel Laureates, leading neuroscientists, renowned musicians, and trailblazing activists. And the topics they have covered have been equally eclectic and provocative, including Plato, evolution, comedy, urbanization, environmental challenges, and much more.

Regardless of their background, Beatty Lecturers present talks that will appeal to both the McGill community and the general public. Watch past lectures >>