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.

2021: The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Former Chief Justice of Canada

Recorded clips of the 15th Annual Hurtig Lecture can be viewed below:

  1. Hurtig Lecture Clip #1
    with Dr. Jared Wesley and the Right Honouable Beverley McLachlin
  2. Hurtig Lecture Clip #2
    with Dr. Jared Wesley and the Right Honouable Beverley McLachlin
2019: Kamal Al-Solaylee, Professor of Journalism Ryerson University
2018: David MacNaughton, Canada's former Ambassador to the United States of America
2017: Tomson Highway CM, Acclaimed Indigenous Playwright, Author and Musician
2016: Samantha Nutt CM OOnt, "Canada and the world: A new perspective on the oldest problem - War"
2015: Don Iveson and Naheed Nenshi, "Cities and the Future of Canada"
2014: Alex Himelfarb, "Taxes, Austerity and Inequality"
2013: Armine Yalnizyan, "Why Inequality if a Problem"
2012: George Elliot Clarke OC ONS, "Obama, Race and Canada"
2011: Lawrence Martin, "The Decline and Fall of Canadian Democracy"
2010: Mary Simon, OC OQ, "Inuit in Canada - Embracing the Maple Leaf"
2009: Neil Macdonald "Them and US: Nationalism's Dangerous Attraction"
2008: Margaret Atwood CC OOnt CH FRSC, "Which Canada?"
2007: Heather Mallick, "Pox Americana: How the US will take over Canada"
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