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
9 March 1981 Northrup Frye "Criticism and Environment"
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"
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"
12-13 February 1990 Thomas S. W. Lewis "Shading the Truth: The Biographer's Craft"
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"
12-13 February 1992 Henry T. Lewis "Traditional Ecological Knowledge: A Time to Learn, A time to Teach"
22-23 February 1993 Leslie Armour "The Nation-State: Canada and the Philosophy of History"
26-27 January 1994 John Helliwell "Democracy and Economic Growth"
21-22 February 1995 E. Jane Ursel "Changing Laws, Changing Lives: An Analysis of a Specialized Criminal Court for Family Violence Cases"
19-20 February 1996 William Rodman "Transformations of Tradition in the Postmodern Pacific"
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"
18-19 March 2003 Vincent Mosco "Digital Divide: Utopian Visions of an Information Age"
24-25 February 2004 Victoria de Grazia "The Market Empire: American consumer culture's irresistible advance through twentieth century Europe"
22-23 March 2005 Robert Anderson "Rashomon and Us: why is a 55 year-old Japanese film essential to understanding our everyday lives"
14-15 February 2006 Lea Stirling "Statuary of Gods and Heroes from a Late Roman Villa at Corinth"
20-21 March 2007 Leah Bradshaw "Tyranny, Ancient and Modern"
16-17 January 2008 Charles Lemert "Thinking the Unthinkable: Bare Life and the Politics of Social Death"
2-3 February 2009 Kenneth Dewar "F. H. Underhill and the Making of the Intellectual"
16-17 March 2010 Noah Augustine "The Future of First Nations in Atlantic Canada"
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"
20-21 March 2013 Diane Halpern “Juggling Work & Family: What Women Leaders Can Teach Us”
18-19 March 2014 Leon Litvack "Titanic, Myth, and Memory"
8-9 April 2015
J.B. MacKinnon
"The Still-Wild Country: Why Canada’s Wilderness Matters to the Future of Life on Earth"
28 January 2016
Smaro Kamboureli
"Money Stories from Qamani'tuaq: Art, Modernity, and the Canadian State"


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

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