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 Triumph of Narrative

In his 1999 CBC Massey Lectures, Robert Fulford reveals to us the mystery, power, and importance of story in all our lives.

The Truth About Stories

In his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures, award-winning author Thomas King explores how stories shape who we are and how we understand and interact with other people.

The Unconscious Civilization

John Ralston Saul argues that our society is only superficially based on democracy, and that increasingly it is conformist and corporatist.

The Universe Within

Neil Turok's 2012 CBC Massey Lectures is a visionary look at the way the human mind can shape the future.

The Wayfinders

Distinguished anthropologist Wade Davis leads us on a fascinating tour through a number of different Indigenous cultures.

Therefore Choose Life

The 1970 CBC Massey Lecture by Nobel Prize-winning scientist George Wald examines where we came from, who we are, and what is to become of us.

Twenty-First Century Capitalism

In his 1992 CBC Massey Lectures, economist Robert Heilbroner explores capitalism as both an economic system and a political order.

Winter

Adam Gopnik's 2011 CBC Massey Lectures is at once an enchanting homage to a season and a captivating journey through the modern imagination.