Past Lectures

Visit the Beatty Lecture digital archive to access transcripts, photographs and audio or video recordings of the lectures listed below.

2020 – Steven Pinker, “Progress and Enlightenment in the 21st Century”
2019 – Jane Goodall, "Journey from the Jungle"
2018 – Roxane Gay, "Difficult Women, Bad Feminists and Unruly Bodies"
2017 – Charles Taylor, "The Challenge of Regressive Democracy"
2016 – Margaret Atwood, "Humanities in an Age of Environmental Crisis"
2015 – John Wood, "Whose Version of the Future is Going to Win?"
2014 – Karl Deisseroth, "Illuminating the Brain"
2013 – Witold Rybczynski, "Architecture and the Passage of History"
2012 – Kerry Courneya, "Physical Activity in Cancer Survivors: A Field in Motion"
2011 – Alfred Brendel, "Does Classical Music Have to be Entirely Serious?"
2010 – Muhammad Yunus, "Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs"
2009 – Marc Tessier-Lavigne, "Brain Development and Brain Repair: The Life and Death of Nerve Cells"
2008 – James Gustave Speth, "Capitalism and the Environment: From Crisis to Sustainability"
2007 – Anna Tibaijuka, "Divided Cities: Caught Between Hope and Despair"
2006 – Richard Dawkins, "Queerer Than We Suppose: The Strangeness of Science"
2006 – Deepak Chopra, "Religion and Spirituality"
2005 – Michael Ignatieff, “Canada in the World: The Challenges Ahead”
2004 – Steven Sanderson, "Global Poverty Alleviation and the Impoverishment of Wild Nature"
2004 – Shirin Ebadi, "Democracy: The Precondition to Peace"
2003 – Herman E. Daly, "Uneconomic Growth and The Illth of Nations: Defining the Optimal Scale of the Macro Economy"
2002 – Sandra Steingraber, "Protecting the First Environment: The Ecology of Pregnancy and Childbirth"
2002 – Richard John Neuhaus, "Liberal Democracy and Acts of Faith"
2002 – William Galston, "Religion and Liberal Society"
2002 – Queen Noor of Jordan, "Creating a Culture of Peace"
2002 – John Maddox, "What Remains to be Discovered"
2002 – Wangari Maathai, "Standing up for the Environment"
2000 – Vartan Gregorian, "Libraries and Reading in the Computer Age"
2000 – Jonathan Miller, "Laughing Matters: Humour and Comedy"
2000 – Paul Crutzen, "The Importance of the Tropics in Atmospheric Chemistry"
1999 – Steven Mithen, "Becoming Human: The Evolution of Mind and Language"
1999 – Paul Ewald, "What's Catching: The Darwinism of Disease"
1999 – Eugenie C. Scott, "The Great Controversy"
1999 – Carl Djerassi, "Science-in-fiction Is Not Science Fiction"
1998 – Luc Montagnier, "AIDS on the Threshold of the Year 2000: Merging Western Experiences and African Realities"
1997 – Cicely Saunders, "Lessons in Living from the Dying"
1997 – Oliver Sacks, "Neurology and the Soul"
1997 – John Horgan, "The End of Science"
1996 – Bernard Kouchner, "Right of Interference: Progress and Failure in Conflict Prevention in an Age of Global Anxiety"
1996 – Roger Schank, "Why Most Schooling Is Irrelevant: Computers and the Future of Learning"
1995 – Yves Coppens, "From Africa, the Cradle, to America, the New World: The Prehistory of Man and the Peopling of the Earth"
1995 – Catherine Bertini, "Women Eat Last"
1994 – Paul Sacher, "Paul Sacher Remembers Béla Bartók"
1994 – Nancy Wexler, "Huntington's Disease: Member of an Expanding Family of Disorders"
1994 – David Akers-Jones, "Hong Kong Horizons"
1994 – Rudolph Marcus, "Life in Science: Interaction of Theory and Experiments"
1994 – Margaret Drabble, "The Corpse in the Garden: Concealments and Disclosures in Fiction and Biography"
1993 – Barbara Ehrenreich, "Can Feminism Change the World?"
1993 – Witold Lutoslawski, "About the Element of Chance in Music"
1993 – Mikhail Gorbachev, "The New World Order"
1993 – Jacques Attali, "Europe on the World Stage in the Twenty-First Century"
1992 – Arthur Ashe, "Living with AIDS"
1991 – Pierre Boulez, "Répons: How to Develop a Musical Idea"
1991 – C. N. Yang, "Symmetry and Physics"
1990 – Daniel Boorstin, "America: Discovery, Invention or Creation?"
1990 – Francis Bretherton, "Understanding the Earth System"
1990 – Norman Myers, "Safeguarding the Biosphere: What Cost? What Payoff?"
1990 – Gerald Edelman, "Morphology and Mind"
1989 – Sally Falk Moore, "Nationalism, Cultural Pluralism and the State"
1988 – Kirk Varnedoe, "Fine Disregard: Inventions in Early Modern Art"
1987 – Christopher Hill, "Milton and the English Revolution"
1987 – John Mortimer, "The Art of Advocacy / Clinging to the Wreckage"
1985 – Francis Crick, "How Do We See Things? / The Search-Light Hypothesis/ The Problem of Awareness"
1984 – William McCarthy, "The Limits of Trade Union Power"
1983 – I. F. Stone, "The Trial of Socrates Revisited: What Plato Doesn't Tell Us"
1982 – Gwendolen Carter, "Apartheid: Dying or Resurgent / The African States Seek Economic Liberation"
1981 – Saunders Mac Lane, "How Mathematicians Get New Ideas / Distortion of Science by Politics"
1981 – Ralf Dahrendorf, "A Swing to the Right? Socio-political Changes in the Western World / The European Community at the Beginning of the 1980s"
1979 – Ved Mehta, "Mahatma Gandhi and Modern India"
1979 – Richard Feynman, "Light and Matter, The Modern View: Photons - Particles of Light / Quantum Behaviour/Interaction of Light and Matter"
1979 – Jane Goodall, "Chimpanzees in the Wild: Perspectives on Primate Behaviour"
1977 – E. O. Wilson, "The Evolution of Social Behaviour"
1977 – Edwin Reischauer, "Japanese-American Relations"
1976 – Derek de Solla Price, "Craftsmanship and Jigsawpuzzling in Science"
1976 – Alexander King, "A New Economic Order: Is it Necessary or Feasible?"
1975 – Yehudi Menuhin, "Interpretation in Music and in Life"
1975 – Fred Hoyle, "The Emergence of Intelligence in the Universe / Cosmological Theories and Controversies / The History of Matter"
1974 – Robert N. Bellah, "Relevance of Man's Religious Experience"
1973 – Saul Bellow, "Joyce's Ulysses: A Personal View"
1972 – Robert Sinsheimer, "Genetic Engineering: Ambush or Opportunity"
1971 – Peter Ritchie-Calder, "Science and Social Change: Science and International Relations / Science and Human Rights / Science and Posterity"
1968 – Han Suyin, "Asia Today" / "Asia Yesterday" / "Asia Tomorrow"
1967 – Max Beloff, "Commonwealth Weakness, Britain"
1964 – E. E. Rich, "Montreal and the Fur Trade: The French Background / The American Frontier / The Northwest Company"
1963 – A. L. Rowse, "The Political Uses of History / The Role of Germany in Modern History / The Responsibility of the Historian"
1961 – Douglas Copland, "The Changing Structure of the Western Economy"
1961 – Arnold Toynbee, "The Present Day Experiment in Western Civilization: The Experiment in Hellenization/ The Attraction of the Western Way of Life / Parliamentary Democracy on Trial"
1959 – Morris Bishop, "The Great River at the White Man's Coming / The Missionary and the Coureur du Bois: Sagard and Brandûlé / Champlain"
1956 – Julian Huxley, "The Possibilities of Life, Mind, Man"
1955 – Barbara Ward, "Interplay of East and West, Points of Conflict and Cooperation"
1954 – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, "India and World Affairs"

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