Lecture Series

The Friends of the University of Alberta provide a number of lecture series including:

Henry Marshall Tory Lectures

Presented by The Friends of the University of Alberta

2017 The Honourable Russell Brown of the Supreme Court of Canada
Topic: “Judicial Review: Why the Fuss?”
2014 Dr. Ibolja Cernak, Professor and Chair of the Canadian Military and Veterans’ Clinical Rehabilitation
Topic: “Responsibility for Soldiers as a Measure of Societal Maturity”
2012 Don Tapscott, Authority on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology
Delivered the lecture at the Festival of Ideas: Shifting Tectonic Social Plates
2011 Ambassador David Jacobson, United States Ambassador to Canada
Topic: “Neighbors, Friends, Partners and Allies: Strengtening our Bilateral Relationship”
2010 Tim Flannery, Author, Scientist
Topic: “How Man is Changing the Climate: What it Means for Life on Earth”
2008 Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology, Harvard University
Topic: “How the hand of evolution shapes every aspect of life”
2007 Ambassador David H. Wilkins, 21st United States Ambassador to Canada
Topic: Canada-U.S. Relations
2005 Professor Maraaret MacMillan, Provost and Vice-Chancellor, Trinity College, University of Toronto,
author of the award-winning Paris 1919
Topic: “The Art of Peace”
2002 The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada
Topic: “Putting it Al! in Context – Judicial Reasoning in a Complex World”
2000 Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History, Yale University
Topic: “My Library was Dukedom Large Enough: The Tenacity of the Humanistic Tradition”
1997 Professor John Mueller, University of Rochester
Topic: “The Art of Fred Astaire”
1996 The Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Governor General of Canada 1990 – 1995
Topic: “Reflections on a Public Life”
1994 Dr. Roberta Lynn Bondar, Astronaut, Neurologist, Researcher
Topic: “Where Out of this World Are We?”
1993 Derek Brewer, Professor Emeritus, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, England
Topic: “In Search of Chaucer”
1992 Helen Forrester, Novelist and autobiographer
1989 Stephen Lewis, Former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
1987 Her Excellency the Right Honourable Jeanne Sauve P.C., Chancellor,
University of Manitoba Governor General of Canada
1984 Lord Asa Briggs, Provost, Worcester College, Oxford
1982 Dr. Harold Masursky, United States Geological Survey
1981 Mr. James J. MacDonell FCA, FMC, Chairman, Board of Governors of the
Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation, Ottawa
1979 Professor Sir William Hawthorne CBE, FRS, Professor of Applied Thermodynamics,
University of Cambridge, England
1978 Professor H. Northrop Frye, University of Toronto
1977 Sir Harold Mitchell B.T., Chief Executive, Luscar Ltd., Zermatt, Switzerland
1976 His Excellency Thomas O. Enders, United States Ambassador to Canada
1975 Commissioner S. M. Hodgson, Northwest Territories, Yellowknife
1974 Professor F. R. Hayes, Professor of Biology, Dalhousie University
1973 Professor Phillip Tobias, Head of the Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine,
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
1972 Professor Zelman Cowen, Vice-Chancellor, University of Queensland, Australia
1971 Dr. Claude Bissel, Former President, University of Toronto
1970 The Honourable Mr. Justice W. G. Morrow, Judge of the Territorial Court
of the Northwest Territories
1969 Dr. A. W. Trueman, Chancellor, University of Western Ontario
1968 Lord Hankey, British Diplomat
1967 Professor James Barrington, Visiting Professor of International Relations,
University of Alberta
1966 Chester Ronning, Canadian Diplomat, expert on China
1965 Blair Fraser, Newspaperman and journalist
1964 Dr. Wilder Penfield, Neurosurgeon, Royal Victoria and Montreal General Hospitals
1963 C. Northcote Parkinson, Author, historian and journalist,
President of Parkinson Institute
1962 Mr. Justice Samuel Freedman, Judge, Manitoba Court of Appeal,
Chancellor, University of Manitoba
1961 Ezra Taft Benson, United States Secretary of Agriculture
during the Eisenhower Administration
1960 James M. Minifie, CBC Washington Correspondent
1959 Sir Grantley Adams, First Prime Minister of the Federation of West Indies,
Founder and leader of Barbados Labour Movement
1958 Sidney E. Smith, Secretary of State for External Affairs, Dean of Law,
Dalhousie University, President, University of Manitoba, President, University of Toronto
1957 Sir Alan P. Herbert, Author, former M.P.
1956 Lewis W. Douglas, United States Ambassador to Great Britain

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Annual Dinner Lectures

Presented by The Friends of the University of Alberta

2016 Dr. David Turpin, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Alberta
2015 Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer, Dean of Science, University of Alberta
2014 Dr. Joseph Doucet, Dean, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta
2013 Katy Campbell, Dean, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta
2012 Allen Berger, Dean, Augustana College, University of Alberta
2011 Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts, University of Alberta
2010 Sean Price, Executive Director, Alumni Association, University of Alberta
2009 Linda Hughes, Chancellor, University of Alberta
2008 Dr. Rosalind Sydie, Executive Director Centenary 2008, University of Alberta
2007 Brian Heidecker, Chair Board of Governors, University of Alberta
2006 Indira Samarasakera, President, University of Alberta
2005 Eric Newell, Chancellor, University of Alberta
2004 Dr. Carl Amhrein, Provost, University of Alberta
2003 Daniel Woolf, Dean of Arts, University of Alberta
2002 Dr. Doug Owram, Provost, University of Alberta
2001 John Ferguson, Chancellor, University of Alberta
2000 Kenneth Norrie, Dean of Arts, University of Alberta
1999 Lois Hole, Chancellor, University of Alberta

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Hurtig Lectures on the Future of Canada

supported by The Friends of the University of Alberta

2013 Ms. Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
and Vice President of the Canadian Association for Business Economics
Topic: “The Future of Canada. Why inequality is a problem in Canada and what we can do about it.”
2012 George Elliott Clark, 2005 Trudeau Fellow
2011 Lawrence Martin, Canadian journalist and author
2010 Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
2009 Neil Macdonald, Canadian journalist
2008 Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist
2007 Heather Mallick, Canadian columnist, author and lecturer
2006 Peter C. Newman, Canadian journalist and writer

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