The Hagey Lectures are the premier invitational lectures at the University of Waterloo. Established in 1970, the series honours the contribution of Dr. J. G. Hagey, one of the founders and the first President of the University of Waterloo (1957-1969).
The annual lectures are jointly sponsored by the Faculty Association and the University of Waterloo, and are coordinated by a faculty committee jointly selected by the University's vice-president academic & provost and the president of the Faculty Association, with administrative and logistical support provided by the Faculty Association.
The purpose of the Hagey Lectures is to bring to the University of Waterloo and to the Kitchener-Waterloo community outstanding individuals, who have distinguished themselves internationally in some area of scholarly or creative endeavour, to deliver a series of lectures and to spend time on campus participating in informal exchanges with faculty and students.
The annual lectures are intended to challenge, stimulate and enrich not only the faculty, staff and students of the University of Waterloo, but also all members of the community.
No restrictions are placed on the area of scholarly or creative endeavour; however, the hope is that individuals will be selected whose work has cut across traditional disciplines, whose contributions have profound implications on the intellectual discourse of our time, and whose ideas can be presented in a stimulating and engaging manner.