Dick, Ruth, and Judy Bell Lecture
The Dick, Ruth, and Judy Bell Lecture is an annual lecture that honours the contributions of individuals to the political and public life of Canada. Speakers may include individuals who have been active in politics or public service or distinguished scholars in political science. The lectures themselves are generally devoted to discussions of political subjects, either in a present-day or historical context. Scholars and graduate students are encouraged to attend and use the lectures as a basis for further work in Canadian studies.
The Bell Lecture is hosted by the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs.
The event takes place in the Winter term.
This year’s speaker was Rosemary Barton, host of CBC’s Power and Politics and one of FPA’s 75 for the 75th most inspiring alumni. Barton graduated from Carleton University with a Masters of Journalism in 2001. She joined the CBC’s Ottawa parliamentary bureau in 2007 and became the full-time host of Power and Politics in 2015. In that role, she has become known for holding decision makers—from prime ministers to foreign leaders—accountable. Read Rosemary’s story here.
Why Journalism Matters (now more than ever before)
The past 12 months have seen not just a new administration south of the border, but a new threat to journalism. Margaret Sullivan, from the Washington Post, goes so far as to suggest the future for journalists will be “hellish”. How much could this threat be extended to Canadian journalists? With the increasing proliferation of “fake news”, how should journalists respond? How do you hold political figures to account when they are more present on Twitter than in a press conference? These are the questions journalists are grappling with right now, but could there be a silver lining in a changing media landscape?
Rosemary Barton: Why Journalism Matters (now more than ever before)2017
Kevin Lynch: Can Canada Become an Innovation Nation – and Why Does it Matter?2016
Jim Stanford: Economic Literacy – Getting Past ‘Supply and Demand’2015
Darrell Bricker: The Big Shift – The Battle between Old Canada and New Canada2014
Richard J. Gwyn: John A. Macdonald – A Necessary Man for an Unnecessary Country2012
Steve Paikin: The Personal Price of a Political Life2011
Chantal Hébert: The Shifting Canadian Political Landscape2010
The Honourable Michael H. Wilson: Reflections on Momentous Times in Washington2009
Margaret MacMillan: Using History in International Relations2008
Roy MacGregor: As Canadian as possible … under the circumstances2007
Edward Greenspon: Terror and the press – the same old story2006
General R.J. Hillier: Canada’s Military in a Dangerous New World2005
Pamela Wallin: Canada-U.S. Relations – The View From New York2004
National Chief Phil Fontaine: First Nations Policy – The Road Ahead2003
The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, P.C.: Canadian Foreign Policy – Choices and Consequences2002
The Honourable Roy Romanow: Canadian Health Care – Some Critical Challenges2001
The Right Honourable Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, P.C.: Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Charter2000
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, P.C.: The Person’s Case to the Charter – Women’s Rights in Twentieth-Century Canada1999
Hugh Segal: Nation and Enterprise – Tory Nationalism in Canadian History1998
The Honourable Flora MacDonald, P.C.: Unsung Peacekeepers1997
Dalton Camp: Cockroaches and Conservatives1996
The Right Honourable Joe Clark, P.C.: Canad – The Challenges of the Next Three Months1995
Mary May Simon: Canadian Arctic and Global Circumpolar Issues1994
The Honourable Joe Ghiz: An Insider’s Perspective of Meech Lake and Charlottetown1993
The Right Honourable Robert Stanfield, P.C: The Way Ahead – Let’s Face It1992