Lecture Series

As part of its commitment to fostering public policy debate, the Donner Canadian Foundation hosts a semiannual, public lecture series featuring some of the world's most prominent intellectuals.

Most Recent Lecture: Brexit! Causes and Consequences

by Timothy Garton Ash

Monday, November 21, 2016 / Toronto

Listen to a recording of the lecture, with a Q&A session facilitated by Ken Whyte, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Governors.

Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash is a historian, political writer and Guardian columnist. He is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

The author of ten books of political writing, Garton Ash has charted the transformation of Europe over the last thirty years. His essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, and his Guardian column on international affairs is widely circulated in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Garton Ash also contributes to the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and leads a major Oxford University research project built around the 13-language website freespeechdebate.com. His latest book is Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World.

In 2005, Garton Ash was listed in Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. In writing about this honour, historian Niall Ferguson noted, “Shelves are where most works of history spend their lives. But the kind of history Garton Ash writes is more likely to lie on the desks of the world’s decision makers.”

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Past Speakers

Our series has featured such influential thinkers as Steven Pinker, Niall Ferguson, Anne Applebaum, Hernado de Soto, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Click here for a full list. 



We distribute lecture invitations approximately one month in advance.

To be added to our invitation list, send your e-mail and mailing address to: admin@donner.ca