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Whidden Lectures

The Whidden Lectures are a lecture series at McMaster University, founded in 1954 by E. Carey Fox.[1] They commemorate Howard P. Whidden, who was Chancellor of the university from 1923 to 1941.[2] They were first given in 1956. Many of the lectures have been published in book form, by Oxford University Press.

  • 1956 C. W. de Kiewiet: The Anatomy of South African Misery[3]
  • 1957 Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru: The Evolution of India[4]
  • 1958 Ronald Syme: Colonial Elites: Rome, Spain and the Americas[4]
  • 1959 Charles De Koninck: The Hollow Universe[5]
  • 1960 George Norman Clark: Three Aspects of Stuart England[6]
  • 1961 William Foxwell Albright:.New Horizons in Biblical Research[7]
  • 1962 J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Flying Trapeze: Three crises for physicists[8]
  • 1963 Ian Ramsey: Models and Mystery[9]
  • 1964 David Daiches, The Paradox of Scottish Culture: the Eighteenth Century Experience[9]
  • 1965 William Arthur Lewis: Politics in West Africa[10]
  • 1966 Anthony Blunt: Picasso's 'Guernica'[11]
  • 1967 Northrop Frye: The Modern Century[12]
  • 1970 Eric Ashby: Masters and Scholars;: Reflections on the rights and responsibilities of students
  • 1973 Edward Togo Salmon: The Nemesis of Empire[13]
  • 1974 Richard Stockton MacNeish
  • 1975 Noam Chomsky: Reflections on Language
  • 1983 A. J. Ayer: Freedom and Morality
  • 1986 John Rupert Martin
  • 1988 Tom Stoppard: The Event and the Text
  • 1993 Alan James Ryan
  • 1997 Elizabeth Loftus
  • 2000 Bruce Meyer: Canadian Literature and the Western Tradition
  • 2001 Steven V. W. Beckwith Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, "Rocket Science and Little Green Men"
  • 2002 Cancelled
  • 2003 Jean-Daniel Stanley Deltas Global Change Program, Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, "World Deltas: Archeological and Environmental Perspectives"
  • 2005 Donna Haraway Professor of the History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz, "We Have Never Been Modern"
  • 2006 Brian Massumi Professor of Communication, Université de Montréal, "The Ideal Streak—Why Visual Representation Always Fails," "Potential Politics and the Primacy of Preemption," and "Affect and Abstraction"
  • 2007 Mervyn Morris Poet and Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and West Indian Literature, University of the West Indies, "Playing with the Dialect of the Tribe: West Indian Poetry"
  • 2008 Mahmood Mamdani Professor of Government in the Departments of Anthropology and Political Science at Columbia University, "Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror"
  • 2009 Sean B. Carroll Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Wisconsin, "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species" and "Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Evo-Devo and an Expanding Evolutionary Synthesis"
  • 2011 Sara Ahmed Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, "On Being Included: On Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life" and "Wilful Subjects: On the Experience of Social Dissent"
  • 2012 Ray Jayawardhana Professor and Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics, University of Toronto. "Rocks, Ice and Penguins: Searching for Clues to Planetary Origins in Antarctica"
  • 2013 Jasbir Puar Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University. "Ecologies of Sensation,Sensational Ecologies: Sex and Disability in the Israeli Occupation of Palestine"
  • 2014 Joanna Aizenberg Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University."Stealing from Nature: Bioinspired Materials of the Future"
  • 2016 Amber Miller Professor of Physics and Dean of Science at Columbia University. "Nature's Ultimate Time Machine: Photographing the Infant Universe", "Cosmological Observations from the Stratosphere"
  • 2017 Daphne Brooks Professor of African American Studies, Theater Studies, and American Studies at Yale University. "The Knowles Sisters' Political Hour: Black Feminist Sonic Dissent at the End of the Third Reconstruction", "If You Should Lose Me": The Archive, the Critic, the Record Shop & the Blues Woman"
  • 2018 Joanna Bryson Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at the University of Bath. "The Good, the Bad, and the Synthetic"


Whidden Lecture Home Page

  1. ^ McMaster Daily News
  2. ^ Three Aspects of Stuart England
  3. ^ OUP 1957
  4. ^ a b OUP 1958
  5. ^ U. De Laval, 1964
  6. ^ OUP 1960
  7. ^ OUP 1966
  8. ^ OUP 1965
  9. ^ a b OUP 1964
  10. ^ George Allen & Unwin, 1965
  11. ^ OUP 1969
  12. ^ OUP 1967
  13. ^ OUP 1974