CBC Massey Lectures

CBC Massey Lectures

Browse the renowned series that presents the ideas of some of the most important thinkers of our time.

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A Short History of Progress

15th Anniversary edition of the #1 national bestseller featuring a new introduction from the author warning of the accelerating patterns of progress and disaster.

All Our Relations

Tanya Talaga, the author of Seven Fallen Feathers, calls attention to an urgent global humanitarian crisis among Indigenous Peoples — youth suicide.


Former Governor General and bestselling author Adrienne Clarkson delivers the 2014 CBC Massey Lectures on citizenship.

Beyond Fate

In her 2002 CBC Massey Lectures, Margaret Visser examines why, in spite of modern ideals and freedoms, people often feel fatalistic.

Biology As Ideology

Renowned geneticist R. C. Lewontin argues that science is a social institution and only by admitting its limitations we can appreciate its real value.


Bestselling author Lawrence Hill offers an examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and the way that it unites and divides us today.

Compassion and Solidarity

In his 1987 CBC Massey Lectures, Gregory Baum considers the Faith and Justice movement in the churches together with the considerable opposition to it.

Democracy on Trial

In her 1993 CBC Massey Lectures, political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain delves into complex issues to evaluate democracy's chances for survival.

Designing Freedom

In his 1973 CBC Massey Lectures, distinguished cyberneticist Stafford Beer ponders the possibilities of liberty in a cybernetic world.

History's People

Acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan gives her own personal selection of the great figures of the past, who have changed the course of history.

In Search of A Better World

An essential analysis of the major human rights struggles of our times by an internationally renowned human rights lawyer and former UN prosecutor.

Latin America

In his 1984 CBC Massey Lectures, Carlos Fuentes traces Latin America's unique tensions and calls for an end to foreign interference.