Beatty Memorial Lectures Series


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Thank to everyone for their overwhelming interest in this event. Please note that we will live stream Professor Gay’s lecture on the evening of October 11. We will also soon announce a book signing with Professor Gay during the afternoon of October 11. Check back here in the coming weeks for more information on those events.


Beatty Memorial Lecture with Roxane Gay

October 11, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Pollack Hall | Tickets $5

Professor Roxane Gay, an acclaimed writer and cultural critic, will deliver the prestigious Beatty Memorial Lecture on October 11, 2018. Professor Gay’s work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. Her debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2017, Professor Gay released her trailblazing memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, as well as a collection of short stories titled Difficult Women. Professor Gay’s work is relevant, powerful and hugely important, and her appearance at McGill is sure to be highly anticipated. The Beatty Memorial Lecture is presented by the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, in collaboration with University Advancement. Tickets are required for the event.

A great McGill tradition, 65 years in the making. 

Since 1952, the Beatty Memorial Lecture Series has brought some of the world’s leading thinkers to campus for a captivating public talk. The presenters also spend time meeting and exchanging ideas in smaller settings with faculty and students. 

On this page, you will find information about all the lectures, as well as many of the video recordings available online to watch. Keep reading to discover how your McGill department or Faculty can sponsor a lecture

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