Donald Lecture Series

Donald Lecture Series

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Made possible by the generous support of Bishop’s alumnus John Donald ’60, DCL ’12, the Donald Lecture Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the Bishop’s campus to provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate debate on the most compelling issues and events in the world today. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public.

2017-2018 Season

William Deresiewicz
Award-Winning Essayist & Critic

William DeresiewiczTuesday, September 26, 2017
7:00 p.m., Centennial Theatre

*this lecture will be available for live stream
(see details below)*

William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent college speaker, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. He was a professor of English at Yale for ten years and a graduate instructor at Columbia for five. His essay “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” has been viewed over one million times online. “Solitude and Leadership,” an address at West Point, has been taught across the military and corporate worlds.

He is a contributing writer for The Nation and a contributing editor for The American Scholar, for which he wrote the All Points blog on culture and society from 2011-2013. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Republic, Slate, Bookforum, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Yorker online, and The London Review of Books. His previous book is A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter (2011).


Senator Murray Sinclair
Chief Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Senator Murray SinclairTuesday, November 14, 2017
7:00 p.m. Centennial Theatre

*this lecture will be available for live stream
(see details below)*

Senator Murray Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second.

He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. He also oversaw an active multi-million dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events.

Senator Sinclair has been invited to speak throughout Canada, the United States and internationally, including the Cambridge Lectures for members of the Judiciary of various Commonwealth Courts in England.

He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. He was very active within his profession and his community and has won numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001) and its Distinguished Service Award (2016) and has received Honorary Doctorates from 8 Canadian universities. Senator Sinclair was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.


Maggie MacDonnell
Teacher and Community Builder

Maggie MacDonnellWednesday, January 24, 2018
7:00 p.m. Centennial Theatre

*this lecture will be available for live stream
(see details below)*

Maggie MacDonnell grew up in rural Nova Scotia and after completing her Bachelor’s degree, spent five years volunteering and working in Sub Saharan Africa, largely in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention. After completing her Masters degree she found her country was beginning to wake up to the decades of abuse that Canadian Indigenous people have lived through, including assaults on the environment and enormous economic and social inequality. As such, she sought out opportunities to teach indigenous communities in Canada and for the last six years has been a teacher in a fly-in Inuit village of Salluit.

Ms MacDonnell’s teaching approach is centred upon turning students from “problems” to “solutions” through “acts of kindness.” This approach has dramatically improved school attendance. MacDonnell encourages her students to working in community kitchens, attending suicide prevention training and hiking through national parks to understand environmental stewardship.

Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the 2017 Global Teacher Prize out of thousands of applicants from around the world. The award is presented by the Varkey Foundation. The prize was established three years ago to recognize one exceptional teacher a year who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession, employs innovative classroom practices and encourages others to join the teaching profession.


Amal Elsana Alhjooj
Activist

Amal Elsana AlhjoojTuesday, March 20, 2018
7:00 p.m. Centennial Theatre

*this lecture will be available for live stream
(see details below)*

Amal Elsana Alhjooj is a Bedouin/Palestinian Israeli who is a strong advocate for women’s rights, Bedouin rights, and peace.

At the age of 17, Amal founded the first Bedouin women’s organization. She attended Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. She is presently completing her doctorate at McGill University. Ms Alhjooj is the Executive Director of McGill’s International Community Action Network, a program committed to providing legal aid, education, and housing to individuals living in disadvantaged regions of Palestine, Israel, and Jordan.

Ms Alhjooj is the founding director of AJEEC – Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation. She is also the co-director of NISPED – Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development.

In 2010, the Israeli business publication, The Marker, listed Alhjooj as one of the 101 most influential people in Israel. She is also a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.


*Live stream lectures

Bishop’s University is pleased to offer lectures for home viewing on a computer via live stream. Alumni, parents, faculty, and employees of Bishop’s University who live outside of the Eastern Townships will receive a password protected link and corresponding password via email on the afternoon of the lecture date. Copies of the lecture will not be made available after the event. If you are a parent or alumni and would like to ensure you receive this email, please contact alumni@ubishops.ca.

Donald Lecture Series speakers have been selected from nominations submitted by Bishop’s students, faculty, staff and community members. The Donald Lecture Series Advisory Committee is comprised of students, staff, faculty and community members, and provides recommendations to Principal Michael Goldbloom on the speakers. Nominations for the 2018-2019 season will open in March 2018 – we welcome your ideas!

For all questions regarding the Donald Lecture Series, please contact Denise Lauzière, Executive Assistant to the Principal and Vice-Principal at denise.lauziere@ubishops.ca, or 819-822-9600, ext. 2201.