Distinguished Lecture Series
The various Departments in the Faculty of Social Science each represent a unique avenue of research. The Departments bring some of the most respected researchers to Western University. Lectures from prominent external researchers revitalize our research culture, establish connections with researchers from around the world, and publicize the activities of our Departments across the world.
With support from donors and alumni, we are creating a Social Science Distinguished Lecture series. The series will give our Departments, and the Faculty more generally, the capacity to host leading scholars from distant institutions on a regular basis.
Our goal is that each Department will have at least one distinguished visiting academic deliver a public lecture each year as part of the overall Social Science series. Each lecture series provides students, faculty and staff insight into research and issues in their respective disciplines.
When possible, we will also live stream the lectures, available on our live stream page.
Established in 2016, the goal of the Balakrishnan Distinguished Lecture in Population Dynamics and Inequality, to enhance the excellence in the Department of Sociology in Population Dynamics and Inequality and to give visibility for the University in this area in the academic world. The lecture series is made possible due to the support of Professor Emeritus T.R. Balakrishnan and Lois F. Leatham.
Past speakers were Dr. Michael Hout, Professor of Sociology at New York University and Dr. Douglas Massey, Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Princeton.
The theme of the series is the history of the Atlantic Triangle (Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom). The first lectures were given in 1976 by the leading Canadian military historian, Colonel Charles Stacey, on 'Mackenzie King and the Atlantic Triangle'. Occasionally there have been lectures outside the general framework. In 1995, for example, the topic was 'The Birth of the "New" South Africa', tracing the collapse of apartheid and the construction of a new political and social system since 1990, by Rodney Davenport, a South African historian and opponent of apartheid.
The endowment also supports publication so that these important lectures may be shared by a readership well beyond the immediate audience at Western University. Most of the lectures have been published as books, either in a form similar to lectures or as part of a larger work. The lectures are widely recognized as being the most important history lecture series in Canada. The invitation to deliver them and the publications that result are highly regarded in this country and around the world.
Founded in 2018
Inaugural Regna Darnell Distinguished Lecture Series in Theory, Ethnography and Activism in Anthropology
Founded in 2008, The J.J. Talman Lecture Series focuses on Ontario history, Ontario regional collections and innovative uses thereof, or previously unstudied aspects of Canadian history. Reflecting the breadth of Dr. Talman’s career at Western, as a respected historian and Chief Librarian, the lectures are organized annually by a joint committee comprised of representatives from the Department of History and Western Libraries. The J.J. Talman Lecture Series was envisioned and is funded by Raj Jain, Librarian Emerita, and her brother, Dr. Sushil Jain, in gratitude for Dr. Talman’s many personal kindnesses, and to recognize his substantial contribution to Western.
Past speakers include: Carl Benn, Tim Cook, Jane Errington, Cecilia Morgan, Peter Neary
Upcoming lectures in the Distinguished Lecture Series
April 16, 2019 - Department of Economics Distinguished Lecture
Department of Economics Distinguished Lecture
"Is Technological Progress a Thing of the Past?"
Presented by Joel Mokyr
Department of Economics, Northwestern University
McKellar Hall, University Community Centre