Massey Lectures

Since 1961 CBC Radio has been broadcasting the CBC Massey Lectures, bringing Canadians some of the greatest minds of our times, exploring the ideas that make us who we are and asking the questions that make us better human beings. [More about the CBC Massey Lectures]

On this page you'll find information about all the lectures, as well as the books where you can find them in print versions. In addition, many of the audio recordings are available online for listening; others can be purchased through iTunes.

 

Adrienne Clarkson

2014

The 2014 CBC Massey Lectures, "Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship"

Lawrence Hill

2013

The 2013 CBC Massey Lectures, "Blood: The Stuff of Life"

Neil Turok

2012

The 2012 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos"

Adam Gopnik

2011

The 2011 CBC Massey Lectures, "Winter: Five Windows on the Season"

Douglas Coupland

2010

civilization
douglas coupland
identity
massey lectures 2010
modernity
player one
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technology
The 2010 CBC Massey Lectures, "Player One: What is to Become of Us"

Wade Davis

2009

The 2009 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World"

Margaret Atwood

2008

economics
ideas
margaret atwood
nature
payback
religon
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The 2008 CBC Massey Lectures, "Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth"

Alberto Manguel

2007

alberto
city of words
Civilization
Literature
manguel
Myth & Storytelling
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The 2007 CBC Massey Lectures, "The City of Words"

Margaret Somerville

2006

ethical imagination
globalization
health
philosophy
somerville
technology
The 2006 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Ethical Imagination"

Stephen Lewis

2005

development
economics
education
global south
health
lectures
Poverty
race against time
stephen lewis
The 2005 CBC Massey Lectures, "Race Against Time"

Ronald Wright

2004

a short history of progress
civilization
economics
globalization
history
nature
ronald wright
technology
The 2004 CBC Massey Lectures, "A Short History of Progress"

Thomas King

2003

canada
civilization
colonialism
history
indigenous
justice
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myth
poverty
race
the truth about stories
thomas king
unitedstates
The 2003 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative"

Margaret Visser

2002

margaret visser
massey lectures
philosophy
sociology
time
The 2002 CBC Massey Lectures, "Beyond Fate"

Janice Gross Stein

2001

economics
education
globalization
health
janice stein
massey lectures
politics
the cult of efficiency
The 2001 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Cult of Efficiency"

Michael Ignatieff

2000

canada
difference
identity
massey lectures
michael ignatieff
philosophy
politics
The 2000 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Rights Revolution"

Robert Fulford

1999

massey lectures
media
myth
robert fulford
sociology
The 1999 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Triumph of Narrative - Storytelling in an Age of Mass Culture"

Jean Vanier

1998

difference
freedom
Jean Vanier
justice
Massey Lectures 1998
relationships
religion
The 1998 CBC Massey Lectures, "Becoming Human"

Hugh Kenner

1997

hugh kenner
identity
literature
massey lectures 1997
relationships
The 1997 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Elsewhere Community"

John Ralston Saul

1995

capitalism
change
civilization
democracy
economics
john ralston saul
massey lectures 1995
philosophy
sociology
The 1995 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Unconscious Civilization"

Conor Cruise O'Brien

1994

conor cruise o'brien
democracy
Massey Lectures 1994
philosophy
politics
religion
The 1994 CBC Massey Lectures, "On The Eve of the Millennium"

Jean Bethke Elshtain

1993

capitalism
cold
democracy
identity
modernity
philosophy
politics
The 1993 CBC Massey Lectures, "Democracy on Trial"

Robert Heilbroner

1992

capitalism
communism
economics
economy
globalization
massey lectures
politics
robert heilbroner
The 1992 CBC Massey Lectures, "Twenty-First Century Capitalism"

Charles Taylor

1991

charles taylor
Freedom
mailaise of modernity
massey lectures
modernity
philosophy
relationships
The 1991 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Malaise of Modernity"

Richard Lewontin

1990

biology as ideology
massey lectures
nature
richard lewontin
science
sociology
The 1990 CBC Massey Lectures, "Biology As Ideology"

Ursula M. Franklin

1989

capitalism
massey lectures
nature
organization
real world of
sociology
technology
ursula franklin
The 1989 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Real World of Technology"

Noam Chomsky

1988

cold
democracy
massey lectures
media
necessary illusions
noam chomsky
politics
sociology
technology
The 1988 CBC Massey Lectures, "Necessary Illusions"

Gregory Baum

1987

compasion and solidarity
gregory baum
justice
massey lectures
poverty
religion
The 1987 CBC Massey Lectures, "Compassion and Solidarity"

Doris Lessing

1985

change
doris lessing
Freedom
massey lectures
peace
politics
prisons we choose to live inside
sociology
The 1985 CBC Massey Lectures, "Prisons We Choose to Live Inside"

Carlos Fuentes

1984

carlos fuentes
economics
global
globalization
history
Latin America
massey lectures
peace
politics
The 1984 CBC Massey Lectures, "Latin America: At War With The Past"

Eric Kierans

1983

and the nation state
canada
economics
eric kierens
globalization
massey lectures
peace
politics
unitedstates
The 1983 CBC Massey Lectures, "Globalism and The Nation State"

Robert Jay Lifton and Richard Falk

1982

civilization
cold
indefensible weapons
massey lectures
peace
politics
richard falk
robert jay lifton
sociology
The 1982 CBC Massey Lectures, "Indefensible Weapons"

Willy Brandt

1981

civilization
cold
dangers and options
development
economics
global
massey lectures 1980
peace
poverty
will brandt
The 1981 CBC Massey Lectures, "Dangers & Options: The Matter of World Survival"

Jane Jacobs

1979

canada
Canadian Cities and Sovereignty Association
cities
economy
history
jane jacobs
massey lectures 1979
philosophy
politics
The 1979 CBC Massey Lectures, "Canadian Cities and Sovereignty Association"

Leslie Fiedler

1978

family
history
leslie fiedler
literature
massey lectures 1978
myth
race
the inadvertent Epic
unitedstates
The 1978 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Inadvertent Epic: From Uncle Tom to Roots"

Claude Lévi Strauss

1977

civilization
claude levi-strauss
indigenous
massey lectures
meaning
myth
nature
science
The 1977 CBC Massey Lectures, "Myth and Meaning"

J. Tuzo Wilson

1975

massey lectures 1975
nature
science
tuzo wilson
The 1975 CBC Massey Lectures - "Limits To Science"

George Steiner

1974

george steiner
Identity
massey lectures
modernity
nature
nostalgia for the absolute
philosophy
religion
science
sociology
technology
The 1974 CBC Massey Lectures, "Nostalgia for the Absolute"

Stafford Beer

1973

designing freedom
freedom
massey lectures
organization
science
stafford beer
technology
The 1973 CBC Massey Lectures, "Designing Freedom"

Pierre Dansereau

1972

culture
inscape and landscape
massey lectures 1972
nature
Pierre Dansereau
science
The 1972 CBC Massey Lectures, "Inscape and Landscape"

James Corry

1971

change
civil
james correy
law
massey lectures 1971
the power of the law
The 1971 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Power of the Law"

George Wald

1970

1970 Massey Lecture
community
geoge wald
science
The 1970 CBC Massey Lectures - "Therefore, Choose Life"

George Grant

1969

george grant
history
massey lectures 1969
modernity
philosophy
technology
time
time as history
The 1969 CBC Massey Lectures, "Time As History"

R.D. Laing

1968

difference
health
relationships
sociology
The 1968 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Politics of Family"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

1967

1967 massey lectures
canada
change
civil
conscience for change
justice
martin luther king
peace
poverty
race
unitedstates
The 1967 CBC Massey Lectures, "Conscience for Change"

Dr. Paul Goodman

1966

1966 massey lectures
civil
cold
democracy
economics
paul goodman
peace
politics
technology
the moral ambiguity of america
unitedstates
The 1966 CBC Massey Lecture, "The Moral Ambiguity of America"

John Kenneth Galbraith

1965

1965 massey lectures
colonialism
development
economics
global
john kenneth galbraith
philosophy
poverty
the underdeveloped country
The 1965 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Underdeveloped Country"

C. B. Macpherson

1964

1964 massey lectures
capitalism
CB Macpherson
cold
communism
democracy
global
politics
The real world of democracy
The 1964 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Real World of Democracy"

Frank Underhill

1963

1963 massey lectures
canada
frank underhill
identity
the image of confederation
The 1963 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Image of Confederation"

Northrop Frye

1962

1963 massey lectures
Culture
Democracy
Education
Literature
Myth & Storytelling
northrop frye
the educated imagination
The 1962 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Educated Imagination"

Barbara Ward

1961

1961 massey lectures
barbara ward
colonialism
development
economics
global
justice
politics
poverty
the rich nations and the poor nations
The 1961 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Rich Nations and The Poor Nations"

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