Beatty Memorial Lectures Series

Beatty Memorial Lecturer 2017: Professor Emeritus Charles Taylor, winner of the 2016 Berggruen Prize.

Watch Prof. Taylor's lecture on the "Challenge of Regressive Democracy," online here

The Beatty Memorial Lecture Presents
The Challenge of Regressive Democracy with Professor Emeritus Charles Taylor, winner of the 2016 Berggruen Prize. October 12, 2017.


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. 

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


What's the change you want to see in the world? If you have an idea for a future lecturer, we want to hear from you.