A goal of the Douglas Coldwell Layton Foundation for Social Democracy is to inspire a new generation of progressive Canadians about the legacies of our founders and the history of social democracy in Canada. The DCL Lecture Series taking place in major universities across Canada will feature exciting leaders in Canadian social democratic thought and organizing. These lecture events are open to students, university staff and faculty, DCLF members and supporters, and invited guests.

Each lecture and reception event will be co-hosted by a university and feature guest speakers from across the country and around the world to talk on the theme of social democracy and its relevance for today - specific topics will vary at each event. 

We are thrilled to be establishing an annual nationwide lecture series that focuses on advancing social democracy today. We need thought provoking discussions and fresh ideas that prioritize the majority of people's needs rather than the elite and well connected. Please join us for these exciting events.


Blaikie-Knowles-Woodsworth Lecture at the University of Winnipeg

When: Thursday March 2nd - Doors open at 5pm - Lecture at 6pm - Reception 7:30pm

Where: UofW Eckhardt Gramatte Auditorium 

Speaker: Professor Dr. Gary Dorrien, Columbia University

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Jack Layton Lecture at McGill University

When: Tuesday March 21st - Doors open at 4:30pm - Panel at 5pm - Reception at 6:30pm

Where: McGill University, Faculty Club

Speaker: Armine Yalnizyan, Frances Donald, and Christopher Ragan

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Dave Barrett Lecture at the University of Victoria

When: Fall 

Where: UVIC Farquhar Auditorium

Speaker: Andrew Petter


Alexa McDonough Lecture at Mount Saint Vincent University

When: September 21st - Doors open at 5pm - Lecture at 5:30pm - Reception 7:00pm

Where: Mount Saint Vincent University

Speaker: Check back soon; more details to come!


David Lewis Lecture in Toronto* 

When: October

Where: At Toronto, TBA

Speaker: Check back soon; more details to come!

*we are currently in late stage discussions with the University of Toronto

There are currently no events scheduled. Be sure to check back soon!

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