Political Science

The Annual Hurtig Lecture

About the Hurtig Lectures:

The Hurtig Annual Lecture on the future of Canada was launched by the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts in 2006 to mark Alberta’s Centennial Year and to honour an outstanding Edmontonian and Canadian citizen.

The primary goal of the Hurtig Lecture series is to cultivate a national platform at the University of Alberta for leading opinion leaders to deliver lectures that provoke, educate, and generate a more inclusive understanding of our collective experiences and responsibilities as engaged citizens in an ever-more interdependent and complex world. 

Mr. Hurtig provides a sterling example of engaged Canadian citizenship. With vision and determination, this entrepreneur and publisher crafted a lasting contribution to our national heritage and culture– The Canadian Encyclopedia, first published in 1985. As the author of many best-selling books, Mr Hurtig has invited Canadians to reflect upon fundamental values that shape our daily lives and our collective future.

Mr. Hurtig’s distinguished contributions to national life have been celebrated with many accolades, not the least, the award of an Order of Canada and six honorary doctorates from leading Canadian universities, including the University of Alberta.

Past Hurtig Lectures

October 6, 2006 Peter C. Newman: “Canadian Politics and the New Journalism: Making Facts Dance.”

October 4, 2007 Heather Mallick: “Pox Americana: How the US will take over Canada”

October 1, 2008 Margaret Atwood: “Which Canada?”

October 3, 2009 Neil Macdonald: “Them and Us: Nationalism’s Dangerous Attraction"

September 25, 2010 Mary Simon: “Inuit in Canada – Embracing the Maple Leaf” 

October 6, 2011 Lawrence Martin: “The Decline and Fall of Canadian Democracy” 

September 27, 2012 George Elliott Clarke: “Obama, Race and Canada” 

October 16, 2013 Armine Yalnizyan: “Why Inequality is a Problem” 

October 2, 2014 Alex Himelfarb: “Taxes, Austerity and Inequality”

October 21, 2015 Don Iveson and Naheed Nenshi: "Cities and the Future of Canada"