University College alumni and friends have established several endowments that allow the College to invite some of the world’s greatest researchers to our campus each year. Each lectureship involves at least one public lecture that is open to the public. Several of the lectureships also allow for visiting faculty to participate in an undergraduate class and to meet faculty and graduate students for more concentrated research workshops and discussions.
Public lectures typically take place during the academic year (September - April).
Please visit our events page to find additional details about upcoming lectures.
S. J. Stubbs Lecture in Classics or English Literature
The Stubbs Lectures were founded in 1988 by Helen Eunice Stubbs, a graduate of University College, in honour of her father, Samuel James Stubbs, also a UC graduate. The lectures commemorate his love of Classics and of English Literature.
F.E.L. Priestley Memorial Lectures in the History of Ideas
The F.E.L. Priestley Lectures in the History of Ideas have been funded by a number of Professor Priestley's former student. The F.E.L. Priestley Lectures reflects Professor Priestley's broad interest in the history of ideas and his dedication to teaching and scholarship.
R.K. Teetzel Lecture in Art or Architecture
The Teetzel Lectureship was established under the terms of the will of Mrs. Rita K. Teetzel, who graduated from University College in 1912. In her will, Mrs. Teetzel requested that a portion of her estate be used "for the furtherance of studies in Architecture for women in University College." This Lectureship aims to bring to the College and to the University of Toronto distinguished lecturers in art and architecture.
W. J. Alexander Lecture in English Literature
The Alexander Lectures were founded in 1928 in memory of Professor W.J. Alexander, Head of the Department of English at University College from 1889 to 1926.
Neil Graham Lecture in Science
The Neil Graham Lecture series was established through the generosity of Mr. Neil Graham, a 1930 graduate of University College and a former teacher of high school mathematics.