Events: Public Lectures

Freaky Fridays

McGill scientists bust myths and talk about the realities and misconceptions surrounding pressing science issues. Often followed by a topical Hollywood film.

School of Architecture Lecture Series

Talks on the past, present, and future of architecture from some of the most innovative and talented individuals in the field.

Public Astro Night

A lecture on the wonders of the universe followed by night-sky observations with portable telescopes and (when possible) use of the McPherson rooftop Observatory.

Food for Thought

Lecture topics include diet and cancer, factory farming, immigration, and the future of Canada’s water. Current students and invited guests share their work and discoveries.

Beatty Memorial Lecture Series

One of McGill’s signature annual events, the Beatty Memorial Lecture Series brings some of the world’s leading thinkers to campus for high-profile public talks.

Birks Annual Lecture Series

An annual series discussing issues related to Religious Studies. The lectures are given by distinguished visitors, most recently Huston Smith, Northrop Frye and Wilfred Cantwell Smith.

G. Campbell Wadsworth Lectures

A bi-annual series on the life and works of John Calvin established by the Estate of Dr. G. Campbell Wadsworth, a keen student of the history and doctrine of the Reformation.

South Asian Religions Distinguished Lectureship

Established to encourage public understanding of South Asian religions, this series exists thanks to Professor Robert Stevenson, Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill from 1966 to 1991.

Osler Lectureship

Hosted by the Social Studies of Medicine, this series features internationally distinguished speakers discussing life-threatening diseases such as Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS and schizophrenia.

Gairdner National Program Lecture

An interactive speaker series featuring current and past Gairdner Award winners. The Gairdner Foundation celebrates biomedical science research from coast to coast and prides itself on giving Canadians access to scientists from around the world.

Hughlings Jackson Lecture

Established in 1935 to honor the legacy of British neurologist John Hughlings Jackson (1835-1911), who pioneered the development of neurology as a medical specialty, this is the Montreal Neurological Institute’s premier scientific lecture.

Dorothy J. Killam Lecture

Together with her husband, Dorothy J. Killam made immense contributions to Canadian education and science. Established in her honour in 2004, this lecture recognizes inspiring and influential women in business, science, politics or the humanities.