Massey Lectures

Massey Lectures

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

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The City of Words

In his 2007 CBC Massey Lectures, renowned author Alberto Manguel takes a fresh look at the rise of violent intolerance in our societies.

The Cult of Efficiency

Janice Gross Stein illuminates public education and universal health care, locally and globally, as flashpoints in the debate about their efficiency.

The Educated Imagination

Northrop Frye's 1962 CBC Massey Lectures provide a wonderful and concise introduction to his theories of literature and literary education.

The Elsewhere Community

In his 1997 CBC Massey Lectures Hugh Kenner examines Western culture's insatiable need for stimulation encountered elsewhere.

The Ethical Imagination

Ethicist and McGill University professor Margaret Somerville discusses how we can find a shared ethics for an interdependent world.

The Lost Massey Lectures

This anthology of early CBC Massey Lectures gathers the work of five of the great minds of modern times.

The Malaise of Modernity

In his 1991 CBC Massey Lectures, philosopher Charles Taylor elucidates the modern concept of self-fulfilment.

The Politics of the Family

In his 1968 CBC Massey Lectures R. D. Laing discusses how and why we value society's notions of family over our own.

The Real World of Democracy

In his 1964 CBC Massey Lectures C. B. MacPherson examines rival ideas of democracy and their impact on each other.

The Real World of Technology

In this expanded version of her 1989 CBC Massey Lectures, scientist and activist Ursula M. Franklin explores the impact of technology upon our lives.

The Return of History

A timely and fascinating analysis of twenty-first-century geopolitics by Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General Jennifer Welsh.

The Rights Revolution

In his 2000 CBC Massey Lectures, Michael Ignatieff confronts controversial human rights questions and defends the individualism of rights language.