Beatty Memorial Lecture Series

Change Through Exchange. 

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. 

The Beatty Memorial Lecture traditionally takes place annually in the fall, 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. Learn more about hosting a Beatty Lecturer.

A Lasting Gift

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 first Beatty Memorial Lecture was held in 1954.

(Margaret Atwood, 2016 Beatty Memorial Lecturer. Image credit: Jean Malek). 

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.