Book Launch - Beatty Lecture Anthology


Join us for the virtual launch of With The World To Choose From: Celebrating Seven Decades Of The Beatty Lecture At McGill University. Since the first Beatty Lecture in 1954, ninety inspiring lecturers have stood at the Beatty podium. To launch this anthology of past lectures, McGill Professor Emeritus Charles Taylor (whose 2017 lecture is featured in the collection) joins Dr. Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury, whose preface introduces the lecture) for a conversation on the importance of public discourse and the role of the public intellectual. The one-hour event also includes a visual tour of key moments in Beatty Lecture history, a book giveaway contest and more.

The Beatty Lecture is one of McGill University’s most anticipated annual events. Some of the series’ greatest lectures, delivered by Nobel Prize laureates, world leaders, and cultural icons, had been forgotten, but carefully stowed away in the McGill Archives. 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. Readers can discover - or rediscover - these important and inspiring lectures, all in print for the first time. Some of today’s leading thinkers add contextual information to each chapter, and an introduction illustrated with archival content sheds light on the history of the Beatty Lecture and the life of its notable namesake, Sir Edward Beatty. For more details about the book visit

This event is hosted by McGill Research + Innovation (R+I) in partnership with the McGill University Archives & Library (ROAAr) and University Advancement.

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