Desmond Pacey Memorial Lectures

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The W.C. Desmond Pacey Memorial Lectures were established in 1981 in honour of the late Desmond Pacey, a UNB professor and administrator who died in 1975. The Desmond Pacey Lecture is presented by leading figures in humanities and social sciences and is usually held at both Fredericton and Saint John campuses.

Date Name of Lecturer Title of Lecture Availability
9 March 1981 Northrup Frye "Criticism and Environment" Available in digital copy
8, 9 March 1982 Michael S. Gazzaniga "Brain Mechanisms and Conscious Experience"  
19, 21 October 1982 Kurt H. Wolff "Surrender and Catch: An Approach to Human Study Today" Available in digital copy
27, 29 September 1983 H. H. Stern "Second Language Teaching in Canadian Contexts: Achievements and New Directions"  
11, 13 March 1985 Dorothy E. Smith "Gender and Power"  
4 March 1986 Brenda Milner "Memory and the Human Brain"  
2 March 1988 Charles C. Taylor "Justice after Virtue"  
9 March 1989 Richard G. Lipsey "The Canada-US Free Trade Agreement: Past Debates, Future Effects" Available in digital copy
12, 13 February 1990 Thomas S. W. Lewis "Shading the Truth: The Biographer's Craft" Available in digital copy
18, 20 March 1991 Robert J. Brym "Class Conflict and Other Benefits of Canadian Diversity: Some Consequences of Quebec Sovereignty for Social Inequality in English Canada" Available in paper and digital copy
12, 13 February 1992 Henry T. Lewis "Traditional Ecological Knowledge: A Time to Learn, A time to Teach" Available in digital copy
22, 23 February 1993 Leslie Armour "The Nation-State: Canada and the Philosophy of History" Available in paper and digital copy
26, 27 January 1994 John Helliwell "Democracy and Economic Growth" Available in digital copy
21, 22 February 1995 E. Jane Ursel "Changing Laws, Changing Lives: An Analysis of a Specialized Criminal Court for Family Violence Cases" Available in digital copy
19, 20 February 1996 William Rodman "Transformations of Tradition in the Postmodern Pacific" Available in digital copy
12, 13 February 1997 Alexander McKay "Catastrophe Survived: The Alcestis Plays of Euripides, T.S. Eliot and Thornton Wilder"  
23, 24 February 1998 David Bentley "Literary Properties in New Brunswick"  
17, 18 March 1999 John Kearney "Community-Based Management as an Alternative to Privatization: from Maritime Fishing Communities to a New Globalization"  
29, 30 March 2000 Olive Dickason "The Royal Proclamation of 1763 and its consequences for Canada today"  
20, 21 February 2001 Robert Evans "A Debt to Machiavel: Death, Taxes, and the Distribution of Income"  
9, 10 April 2002 Janet S. Hyde "Men are form Earth, Women are from Earth: Psychology vs. the Media on Gender Differences" Available in digital copy
18, 19 March 2003 Vincent Mosco "Digital Divide: Utopian Visions of an Information Age" Available in digital copy
24-25 February 2004 Victoria de Grazia "The Market Empire: American consumer culture's irresistible advance through twentieth century Europe" Available in digital copy
22, 23 March 2005 Robert Anderson "Rashomon and Us: why is a 55 year-old Japanese film essential to understanding our everyday lives" Available in digital copy
14, 15 February 2006 Lea Stirling "Statuary of Gods and Heroes from a Late Roman Villa at Corinth" Available in digital copy
20, 21 March 2007 Leah Bradshaw "Tyranny, Ancient and Modern" Available in digital copy
16, 17 January 2008 Charles Lemert "Thinking the Unthinkable: Bare Life and the Politics of Social Death" Available in digital copy
2, 3 February 2009 Kenneth Dewar "F. H. Underhill and the Making of the Intellectual" Available in digital copy
16, 17 March 2010 Noah Augustine "The Future of First Nations in Atlantic Canada" Available in digital copy
22, 24 February 2011 Michael Ruse "Science and Religion: Why Can't the Americans Be More Like Canadians?"  
28, 29 February 2012 Tony Penikett "Indigenous Government: The Future is the Past" Available in digital copy
20, 21 March 2013 Diane Halpern “Juggling Work & Family: What Women Leaders Can Teach Us” Available in digital copy
18 19 March 2014 Leon Litvack "Titanic, Myth, and Memory" Available in digital copy
8, 9 April 2015 J.B. MacKinnon "The Still-Wild Country: Why Canada’s Wilderness Matters to the Future of Life on Earth" Available in digital copy
28 January 2016 Smaro Kamboureli "Money Stories from Qamani'tuaq: Art, Modernity, and the Canadian State"  
11 October 2017 Tony Tremblay "Desmond Pacey at 100: Looking Back at the Legacy" Available in digital copy
12 February 2019 Michael V. Smith "The Body Is a Gift: Gender and Meaning-Making in One Man’s Art" Available in digital copy
23 February 2022 Lesley Frank "Out of Milk: Infant Food Insecurity in a Rich Nation"
21 March 2024 Matthew Hoffmann "The Politics of Decarbonization"


  • UA Case 214.
  • UNB Perspectives, March 1989, vol. 15, no. 7, p. 2.

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