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.

 

September 26, 27, 28 - The Joanne Goodman Lecture

Department of History

The Past is Present: Popular History and National Consciousness 

Presented by Charlotte Gray, Adjust Research Professor, Carleton University

Every autumn a distinguished historian is invited to the University of Western Ontario to deliver three public lectures on consecutive afternoons to students, faculty and members of the London community. The lecture series was established in 1975 by the Honourable Edwin A. Goodman and his family of Toronto to perpetuate the memory of their beloved elder daughter, a second year History student who died in a highway accident in April of that year. Since 1976 the series has been jointly sponsored by the Department of History and the University Students' Council.

The theme of the series is the history of the Atlantic Triangle (Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom).

Past speakers include: Michael Bliss, J.L. Grantstein, Flora MacDonald, Margaret MacMillan, Desmond Morton, 

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - The Balakrishnan Distinguished Lecture in Population Dynamics and Inequality

Department of Sociology

Occupational and Income Mobility in the USA, 1994-2016: Demography Counters Inequality

Presented by Michael Hout, Professor of Sociology, New York University

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.

The 2016 speaker was Dr. Douglas Massey, Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Princeton.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - The Talman Lecture

Department of History

Viola Desmond: Her Historic Challenge to Race Segregation in Canada and Her Appearance on our $10 Banknote

Presented by Constance Backhouse, Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

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, Jane Errington, Cecilia Morgan, Peter Neary