Beatty Lecture

2023 Beatty Lecture


One of the most acclaimed Indigenous filmmakers in the world, Alanis Obomsawin will deliver the 69th Beatty Lecture at McGill University on October 16.

      The Beatty Lecture - now in print

To help us understand some of the most significant moments and discoveries of our time, With the World to Choose From spotlights fifteen outstanding Beatty Lectures, spanning seven decades. Discover - or rediscover - these important and inspiring lectures, in print together for the first time.


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About The Lecture

The Beatty Lecture is McGill’s most distinguished and endowed lectureship and aims to foster the exchange of ideas by bringing the world’s most respected and influential scholars, scientists, and leaders to McGill.

Sir Edward Beatty

The Beatty Lecture honors the life of Edward Beatty, a world renowned nation-builder who led the Canadian Pacific Railway as president for two decades while also serving as McGill's chancellor from 1920 to 1943.

Beatty Lecture Digital Archive

Welcome to the Beatty Lecture Digital Archive, featuring profiles of all lectures held since its launch in 1954. This rich collection of digitized primary research material includes audio or video recordings of lectures, transcripts, photographs and other unique visuals. Listen to Francis Crick's 1985 Lecture on "The Problem of Awareness". Read the transcript of Barbara Ward's 1955 Lecture on "The Interplay of East and West". Watch the video recording of Alfred Brendel's 2011 Lecture on "Does Classical Music Have to be Entirely Serious?" Plus much more.

What's the change you want to see in the world? If you have an idea for a future lecturer, or feedback from attending a past Beatty Lecture, let us know.


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