Digital Archive

Explore All Past Lectures

Enter the world of the Beatty Lecture. This rich collection of searchable, digitized primary research material includes transcripts and audio or video recordings of lectures held since its launch in 1954.


The Latest Livestream

Watch a livestream of acclaimed author and cultural critic Roxane Gay's 2018 Beatty Lecture on "Difficult Women, Bad Feminists and Unruly Bodies".

Celebrating 65 Years of the Beatty

2019 marks 65 years of the Beatty Lecture! Read memories from audience members about their favorite Beatty, learn about some standout talks plus view photos of lecturers ranging from author Margaret Atwood in 2016 to economist Douglas Copland in 1961.

Behind the Scenes:
The Beatty's First 25 Years

Go behind the scenes of the Beatty's early years, when lecturers traveled to Montreal by steamship and spent a month at McGill. Find out which future President delivered the first Lecture, which famous names topped the Beatty selection committee's wish lists and more.

Top 5 Audio Highlights: 1960 - 1980

How was China's future perceived in 1968? What was the most important word you needed to know in the 1970s? Hear audio clips from lectures given by Beatty favorites including violinist Yehudi Menuhin, primatologist Jane Goodall and biologist Francis Crick.


Renowned for his performances of Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel delivered the Beatty Lecture in 2011 on the topic "Does Classical Music Have to be Entirely Serious?"

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