The Hancock Lecture Series
“From its inception, the Hart House Lecture has inspired debate about visions of our place in the world.”
– Margaret Hancock, Hart House Warden 1997–2007
First launched in 2001, the annual Hancock Lecture is one of the biggest events on Hart House’s busy calendar. Organized by students and open to the public, the lecture aspires to ignite public conversation and debate and take issues identified as important by youth to a national audience.
Originally called the Hart House Lecture, it was renamed in 2007 to honour Margaret Hancock’s decade as Warden. For Hart House—a historic gathering place at the University and a home for debate, discussion and critical thought—the Lecture is a fitting medium to nurture civic leadership and participation.
Hancock Student Organizing Committee
Students involved in the Organizing Committee can be leaders in many areas: selecting the speaker, managing logistics, marketing and promoting the event, reaching out to other students and staging the event itself. The Organizing Committee brings tremendous insight and energy, which makes the Hancock Lecture an annual highlight. Our speakers are selected for their ability to galvanize constructive dialogue within the University and the broader community.
Past Hart House Hancock Lectures
- 2017 Hancock Lecture: Susan Blight, Land and Life in Tkaronto: New Solidarities Toward a Decolonial Future
- 2016 Hancock Lecture: Azeezah Kanji, Glorious and Free? Views from the Underside of National Security
- 2015 Hancock Lecture: Jennifer Hollet, The Myth of Slacktivism
- 2014 Hancock Lecture: Vass Bednar, Game On, Or Game Over? How to be a Policy Player
- 2012 Hancock Lecture: Julia Belluz, Who Lives & Who Dies, Will Social Media Decide? (video)>>
- 2011 Hancock Lecture: Sean Martindale, Playful Interventions (video) >>