Past Hagey Lectures

The Hagey Lectures have been delivered by a wide range of celebrated scholars, artists, and change makers over the last 50+ years.

Recordings of many recent lectures are available in a playlist on the University of Waterloo's YouTube channel. Video archives of most earlier lectures are kept by Instructional Technologies & Multimedia Services (ITMS). See the table below for individual links.

Date(s) Title Lecturer
October 5, 2023

Tapestry Thinking

Watch the 2023 lecture on YouTube

Nalini Nadkarni

Professor of Biology at the University of Utah

October 19, 2022

Holding the Mirror up to Nature

Watch the 2022 lecture on YouTube

Antoni Cimolino

Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival

October 27, 2021

Emergency: The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success

Watch the 2021 lecture on YouTube

Dr. Mark Jaccard

Director of the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University and an author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

March 25, 2019

Living Indigenous Law in Canada

Watch the 2019 lecture on YouTube

Dr. John Borrows

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School

February 7, 2018 Weapons of Math Destruction

Dr. Cathy O'Neil

Author, data scientist, and founder of O'Neil Risk Consulting & Algorithmic Auditing

March 22, 2017

Memory & the Aging Brain

Watch the 2017 lecture on YouTube

Dr. Carol A. Barnes

Neuroscientist and Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Arizona, Tucson

November 17, 2015 Love in the Time of Cholera: Canadian Edition

Dr. Thomas King

Award-winning novelist, screenwriter, essayist and performer, and recipient of a 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award

November 3, 2014 Fair Society, Healthy Lives

Sir Michael Marmot

President of the British Lung Foundation, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians

September 29, 2013

Choice or Accident: The Outbreak of World War One

Watch the 2013 lecture on YouTube

Dr. Margaret MacMillan

Officer of the Order of Canada, member of the Royal Society of Literature, and professor of history at Oxford University

November 22, 2012

Will Africa's resource scramble lead to development or disaster?

Watch the 2012 lecture on YouTube

Dr. Paul Collier

Oxford Professor of Economics, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, critically acclaimed author

October 3, 2011

How did mathematics become possible?

Watch the 2011 lecture on YouTube

Dr. Ian Hacking

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Canadian philosopher, author, and a Companion of the Order of Canada

November 29, 2010

The high cost of intellectual poverty: how myths about intelligence and talent are slowing human progress

John Mighton

Mathematician, best-selling author, award-winning playwright, and founder of Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies (JUMP)

November 30, 2010 Student colloquium (untitled)
October 21, 2009

Earth democracy: beyond dead democracy and killing economies.

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Internationally renowned physicist, ecologist, activist, and author

October 22, 2009

Student colloquium

Soil not oil

November 14, 2007 When we get to Mars, will our legs be flippers? What space medicine teaches Canadians about life on Earth

Dr. Roberta Bondar

​Canada's first female astronaut

November 8, 2006 U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East: the road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib to today

Seymour Hersh

​American Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, author and regular contributor to the New Yorker

November 28, 2005

The curse and potential of greed: social and political issues arising from acquisitiveness

John Meisel, C.C., F.R.S.C.

Internationally acclaimed political scientist, author and winner of numerous prestigious scholarly awards and a Companion of the Order of Canada

November 29, 2005 Student colloquium (untitled)
March 2, 2005 Thinking about technology: defining technology as practice

Dr. Ursula M. Franklin

Internationally acclaimed physicist, engineer, feminist, peace activist, environmentalist, and humanist

November 3, 2003 In other words: poetic license and the incarnation of history

Atom Egoyan

​Internationally-renowned, award-winning, filmmaker

November 21, 2002 Environmental echoes - immunological learning from the environment

Dr. John Stanford

Professor of Microbiology/ Vaccine Developer

January 24, 2001

Human rights and the rights of states - are they on a collision course?

Dr. Michael Ignatieff

​Harvard University, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government. Distinguished author, historian and journalist

January 25, 2001

Student colloquium

Putting cruelty first

November 10, 1999

Optimal experience and the quality of life

Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

​Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, California

March 31, 1999

The paradoxical Lewis Carroll

Dr. Morton Cohen

Professor Emeritus, City University of New York; Lewis Carroll expert

April 1, 1999

Student colloquium

The many faces of Lewis Carroll’s Alice

November 19, 1997 The expanding prison: is there an alternative?

David Cayley

​Canadian writer

November 20, 1996 Power versus the public good: the conundrum of individualism and the citizen

Dr. John Ralston Saul

​Canadian writer

October 18, 1995

Can neurobiology teach us anything about consciousness?

Dr. Patricia Smith Churchland

​Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego


Student colloquium 

Feeling reasons: What happens to free will if the brain is a causal mechanism?

January 17, 1995 The molecular dance in chemical reaction

Dr. John C. Polanyi

1986 Nobel Prize Laureate; Professor of Chemistry, University of Toronto

January 18, 1995

Student colloquium 

Research in jeopardy: thoughts concerning science policy

October 27, 1993 Intellectual property in an age of information: what’s at stake for the academy

Dr. Andrea A. Lunsford

Professor of English, Vice Chair for Rhetoric and Composition, Ohio State University

October 28, 1993 Discussion with A. Lunsford: Literacy and other topics
November 1, 1992 The current work of Frank Gehry

Mr. Frank O. Gehry

Architect, Principal-in-Charge, Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Santa Monica

October 22, 1991 Biotechnology & Bioethics: collaboration or combat

Dr. Abbyann Lynch

Director, Bioethics Department, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

October 21, 1991

Student colloquium

Assessing bioengineering and biotechnology: the bioethical imperative

October 3 & 4 1990 Science, fiction, and things in between

Dr. Gregory Benford

Professor of Physics, University of California, Irvine

November 27, 1989 Family images and sexual problems in the french revolution

Dr. Lynn Hunt

Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

November 28, 1989

Student colloquium

The many bodies of Marie Antoinnette

October 25 1988 Dangerous myths about pain

Dr. Ronald Melzack

E.P. Taylor Professor of Psychology, McGill University

October 26 1988

Student colloquium

Phantom limb pain

October 20 1987 The subsidence of Venice

Dr. R. Allan Freeze

Professor of Geological Sciences, University of British Columbia

October 21 1987

Student colloquium

Groundwater contamination technical analysis and social decision making

October 21, 1986 Prospects for artificial intelligence

Dr. Joseph Weizenbaum

Professor of Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 22, 1986

Student colloquium

Without us! Computer scientists and the arms race

October 28, 1985 The origins of sex

Dr. Lynn Margulis

Professor of Biology, Boston University

October 29, 1985

Student colloquium

Early life on Earth

October 31, 1984 Where the north meets the south

Mr. Nani A. Palkhivala

Noted Author, Teacher, Scholar and Lawyer, India

November 1, 1984

Student colloquium

Imperative for growth in the global economy

October 12, 1983 The concept of justice in international relations

Dr. Hedley Bull

Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, Oxford University, Fellow of Balliol College

October 13, 1983

Student colloquium

Justice in international relations today

October 19, 1983 The space between the stars

Dr. Gerhard Herzberg

Distinguished Research Scientist,National Research Council of Canada

October 20, 1983

Student colloquium

The interplay between theory and experiment in spectroscopy

February 9, 1982 Writing the male character

Ms. Margaret Atwood

Canadian Writer (Novelist, poet and critic), Toronto, Ontario

February 10, 1982 Answers to frequently asked questions
October 22, 1979 Beyond realism: the cult of beauty

Sir Ernst Gombrich

Director (Retired), Warburg Institute, London

October 23, 1979 Beyond realism: twentieth century mystics
October 17 & 18, 1978 The african origin of mankind: current evidence

Mr. Richard Leakey

Director, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

January 16, 1978 Kenneth Boulding: The nature and sources of peace

Professor Kenneth E. Boulding (Economics) and Professor Elise Boulding (Sociology)

Institute of Behavioural Science, University of Colorado
January 17, 1978 Elise Boulding: The evolution of peace
January 18, 1978 Kenneth and Elise Boulding: A policy for peace
January 24, 1977 Stress without distress

Dr. Hans Selye

Professor of Experimental Medicine and Surgery, University of Manitoba

January 25, 1977 Creativity and science
February 23, 1976 Canada in the year 2000: where are we going?

Mr. Maxwell Henderson

Past Auditor General of Canada

January 27, 1976

Mr. Arthur Maloney

Ontario Ombudsman

January 27, 1975 The Baroque Orchestra

Dr. Boyd Neel

Conductor and Musicologist, Retired Dean of Music, University of Toronto

January 28, 1975 The Baroque Revival
January 29, 1975 Gilbert and Sullivan
January 28, 1974 A critique of historical reason

Dr. Geoffrey Elton

Professor of History,University of Cambridge

January 29, 1974 In it and at it: knowledge
January 30, 1974 Getting where? Purpose
February, 1972 Genetics and the destiny of man

Dr. David Suzuki

Professor of Zoology, University of British Columbia

February 15, 1971 Stonehenge

Dr. Fred Hoyle

​Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, and Director, Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, Cambridge University

February 16, 1971 The present day relation of science and society
February 17, 1971 Modern developments in cosmology
January 30, 1970 The human perspective

Dr. George Wald

Nobel Laureate in Medicine for 1967, Professor of Biology, Harvard University