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The Harris Centre offers three different types of public policy forums:

  • Memorial Presents provides an opportunity for a researcher from Memorial University to present on an issue of current public interest. There are three lectures per year at the St. John's campus of Memorial University, (including the Marine Institute) and one at Sir Wilfred Grenfell Campus. In addition, a Memorial Presents is held in conjunction with each Regional Workshop. Faculty members, staff members and graduate students who are interested in participating as a main presenter for a Memorial Presents are invited to contact the Harris Centre.
  • The John Kenneth Galbraith Lectureship in Public Policy is an opportunity for Memorial University to invite a nationally or internationally renowned speaker to discuss an issue of current interest. The lectures are held on the St. John's campus of Memorial University and there is one Galbraith Lecture per academic year.
  • Synergy Sessions provide an opportunity for a member of the public or Memorial University community to share their research on a pertinent public policy topic with a group of interested individuals. Sessions begin with a short lecture, and are followed by a discussion with all those in attendance. These sessions are webcast and open to anyone who registers, with only the presentation archived on the Harris Centre website. The value of these sessions is in creating synergies between different sectors of society and helping reduce policy siloes by providing a rich discursive space led by an expert in the field.

There are no admission fees to the Harris Centre's public lectures, and parking for on-campus lectures is free of charge. A free reception is normally held after each lecture.

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