Public Lectures at Carleton University
Carleton University Lecture Series
A distinguished series of lectures supported by Carleton
Davidson Dunton Research Lecture
Established in 1983, the Davidson Dunton Research Lecture is
presented by a Carleton University scholar who is active in
research and has achieved international recognition. The
lecture is in honour of former Carleton University President
Arnold Davidson Dunton.
Gerhard Herzberg Lecture
Established in 1975 by the Faculty of Science, this lecture
honours Gerhard Herzberg, a former Chancellor of Carleton
University and recipient of the 1971 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
The purpose of the lecture is to emphasize the relationship
between science and society and to address an aspect of science
which has a pronounced impact on our daily lives.
Kroeger College Annual Lecture in Public Affairs and
The Arthur Kroeger College Annual Lecture in Public Affairs
and Civic Society provides an opportunity for leading figures
in public, private and not-for-profit sectors to reflect on
issues confronting civic society and on their own contribution
in dealing with these issues. Speakers will include individuals
who have played leadership roles at the provincial, national
and international levels and those who have achieved broader
recognition for innovative leadership at the local level. The
lecture was established in 2000 and is intended to provide
greater insight into the workings of government and the major
institutions in our society.
Marston LaFrance Research Fellowship
The fellowship was established in 1979 by the Faculty of Arts
and Social Sciences in memory of Marston LaFrance, former
Professor of English and Dean of Arts at Carleton University.
Each year, the recipient presents a seminar or public lecture
on some aspect of the research conducted while on the LaFrance
John Porter Memorial LecturePresident's Lecture Series on Business and
This annual lecture is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and
Social Sciences in memory of John Porter, former Vice-President
(Academic) at Carleton University and a distinguished
sociologist. The series was established in
Through this annual lecture, national leaders in business and
technology are invited to campus to share their insights. This
series was established in 1999.
Individual lectures sponsored by various academic
departments or endowments.
Munro Beattie Lecture
This lecture was established in 1985 in honour of Alexander
Munro Beattie, the founder and first Chair of the Department of
English, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to
Carleton University in teaching, scholarship and
administration. The series is sponsored by the Department of
Dick and Ruth Bell Lecture
Established in 1988 in honour of the late Dick Bell and Ruth
Bell. The lecture will be delivered annually by distinguished
scholars in the field of political science or by distinguished
persons serving or having served in the public life of Canada
or one of its provinces. Supported through the Dick and Ruth
Florence Bird Lecture
This annual lecture was established in 1987 to explore the
experiences of women in Canada and abroad. It is named in
honour of the Honourable Florence Bird, in recognition of her
work for the CBC, CIDA, the Royal Commission on the Status of
Women in Canada, and the Senate. The lecture is sponsored
jointly by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Lecture
The Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Lecture was established in 1983
and is sponsored by the College of the Humanities. The l ecture
brings a prominent scholar in the area of religious studies and
related areas to speak at Carleton.
Established in 2002, this annual lecture is designed to
showcase and promote excellence in science journalism. The
lecture is sponsored jointly by the College of Natural Sciences
and the School of Journalism.
Sir John A. Macdonald Annual Lecture in Business and
This lecture, organized by the Arthur Kroeger College of Public
Affairs, is endowed by the Dominion of Canada General Insurance
Company, of which Sir John A. Macdonald was the first
president. The purpose of the series is to provide an
opportunity for leading figures in public, private and
not-for-profit sectors to reflect on issues at the intersection
of public policy and business and on their own contribution in
dealing with these issues.
McMartin Memorial Lecture
The McMartin Memorial Lecture is presented in alternate years
by the College of the Humanities at Carleton University and the
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of
Ottawa. The series was established in 1969 and is funded by
Mrs. J.P. Gilhooly of Ottawa in memory of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John McMartin. The lectures involve themes which promote
the importance of ethical, moral, and religious standards to
education and living.
H.H.J. Nesbitt Lecture
This annual lecture was established in 1987 by the Faculty of
Science in honour of H.H.J. Nesbitt, Carleton University's
first Dean of Science. The lectures are presented by Carleton
alumni who have earned international recognition as scientists.
The topics are of general interest to the public and the
This annual lecture series, established in 1991, is funded by
an endowment from Varian Canada and is sponsored by the Faculty
of Science and the Department of Chemistry. Each year, the
recipient presents a lecture on an important current aspect of
Analytical or Environmental Chemistry.