Vernissage | “With the world to choose from”: Celebrating 65 Years of the Beatty Lecture


McLennan Library Building Rare Books and Special Collections, McLennan Library Building 4th floor, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA

Join ROAAr and the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation for the Vernissage of “With the world to choose from”: Celebrating 65 Years of the Beatty Lecture.

We invite you to discover the fascinating story of the Beatty Lecture through a surprising exhibition experience. On this evening only, you’ll be guided by the curators through this inspiring exhibit plus view additional material from the McGill Visual Arts Collection.

Using correspondence, photographs and other unique visual material held in the McGill Archives, the exhibition goes behind the scenes of the Beatty Lecture, from the success of the inaugural lecture delivered by India's first Vice President, to standout lectures delivered by royalty, world leaders, Nobel Prize winners, best-selling authors and even a Wimbledon champion.

From Julian Huxley’s lecture on the “Possibilities of Life”, to Francis Crick's lecture on "How Do We See Things?”, to Queen Noor of Jordan’s "Creating a Culture of Peace", time travel with the words of inspiring past lecturers who shaped the world that we live in.

Additional material on loan from Exporail Archives also brings to light the fascinating life of Sir Edward Beatty, McGill's Chancellor and the President of the Canadian Pacific Railways during the 1920s and 1930s.

Curated by Frédéric Giuliano, Archivist, McGill University Archives and Robin Koning, Digital Marketing and Outreach Associate, Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation.

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This event is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The McGill Office of the Vice-Provost (Research and Innovation), and ROAAr.


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