The John Kenneth Galbraith Lectureship in Public Policy is intended to bring to outstanding figures to Memorial University, whose work reflects their commitment to excellence in scholarship and public affairs. The Lectureship is an initiative of Memorial University and is one of the major events open to the general public during the academic year.
It is named in honour of John Kenneth Galbraith, the internationally-renowned economist who was awarded an honourary doctorate of letters at Memorial’s 1999 fall convocation. Dr. Galbraith is known for his development of Keynesian and post-Keynesian economics, the economics of the modern large firm, as well as for his writing and his active involvement in American politics.
Normally, the John Kenneth Galbraith Lecturer will spend three to five working days at Memorial. The purpose of the lectureship is to expose faculty, students, public servants and the general public to timely and significant public issues. The lectureship is a window to the larger world of public policy, and is meant to put important and complex issues in context. The lectureship consists of three separate components:
The lectureship is held under the auspices the President , and is coordinated jointly by the Dean of Arts and by the Director of the Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, or their representatives.
The task of selecting the topic and the speaker are undertaken by a panel. The panel consists of persons who can authoritatively discuss (1) topics of current interest in public policy, (2) appropriate candidates for Lecturer and (3) target audiences. It consists of three ex officio members, six members of the University community, and one member appointed by the committee of the whole:
The panel meets at least once per academic year, and its mandate is to generate a short list of six possible lecturers, ranked in order of decreasing priority. This short list is generated from a call for proposals to members of the University community (faculty, staff and students). The call for proposals is developed by the panel and may include suggestions as to the type of eligible topic and lecturer, the nomination procedure and the deadline for submitting nominations.