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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
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Endowed Public Lecture Series

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.

Upcoming Events

Mar 17-19
Endowed Lecture Series
The sixteenth century saw the rise of several European overseas empires -- Portuguese and Spanish, and then English and Dutch -- as well as the consolidation of more 'traditional' forms of empire like those of the Ottomans and Mughals. These empires had their admirers, who included their paid propagandists and official chroniclers. But they also encountered critics of various sorts, who deployed a variety of distinct arguments. In the Priestley Lectures for 2020, I intend to explore these distinct positions, focusing on some celebrated figures such as Michel de Montaigne, but also on more obscure writers of 'reform tracts' (so called 'arbitristas'). In closing, I will consider how these positions contrasted with later critiques that came from a nationalist standpoint.
Mar 31
Endowed Lecture Series
In this lecture, Michael Witmore will discuss the origins and development of the design for the Folger Shakespeare Library, which opened its doors in Washington, DC in 1932. Designed by French architect Paul Cret, the Folgers conceived of their library as a living memorial to Shakespeare — one taking the architectural form of “the First Folio illustrated.” Witmore will discuss the early thinking that informed the creation of the library, both as a growing research collection and as an evolving, polemical statement about the importance of history and literature in a thriving liberal democracy.

Lecture: 4:30pm in UC 140
Reception to follow in UC 240