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Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series

The Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Justice and the Public Good invites front-ranking researchers, social commentators and political leaders to the University of Winnipeg to deliver free lectures open to the public. Axworthy Distinguished Lecturers will bring interdisciplinary perspectives on social justice issues involving gender, religion and secularism, Indigeneity, language, ethnicity and race, ecology, and economy.

The Axworthy Lectures aim at accessibility and are open to the public. In order to make the Axworthy Lectures as accessible as possible with free admission, the series relies on donations from the community. To keep the lecture series ongoing in this accessible format, please consider donating to the Axworthy Lectureship.

The Axworthy Lecture Series is housed in the Centre for the Liberal Arts and Secular Society (CLASS). Each lecture is typically delivered with an accompanying Institute delivered by CLASS researchers and featuring an impressive slate of guest speakers.

In addition to reaching local stakeholders, Axworthy lectures have been recorded by the CBC and broadcast as episodes of the popular program, IDEAS. This national program, hosted by Paul Kennedy, reaches a weekly audience of over a million listeners.

The Axworthy Lecture Series has been established to honour Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President of the University of Winnipeg from 2004-14. For biography information and more about Dr. Axworthy, see information about UWinnipeg's past presidents.

To donate to The Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Justice and the Public Good, visit the UWinnipeg Foundation's Donation page.

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Click on the poster images below to find out more about our Axworthy Lectures. Webages for past Axworthy Distinguished Lecturers contain media from their lectures, including event video and links to the CBC IDEAS broadcasts.



Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson


Jason Hickel


Mariana Mazzucato


Slavoj Žižek


Anita Sarkeesian


Linda Thuiawai Smith


Vandana Shiva


Edward Snowden


Naheed Nenshi


Jane Goodall


Cornel West