The Warren Allmand Lecture Series + Networking Event

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8th Floor, 900 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O

Montréal, Quebec H3A 0A8

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The Warren Allmand Lecture Series is an annual event intended to celebrate the Honourable Warren Alllmand’s life and achievements and to sustain public, institutional and academic interest in causes that he espoused throughout his adult life.

During his long career as a public servant, Warren Allmand fought for social justice and human rights in the broadest sense of those terms. Each year a prominent Canadian public figure will be invited to present a lecture on a topic closely related to those ideals.

On October 18th, 2018, renowned writer and public intellectual John Ralston Saul will deliver the inaugural lecture of the series entitled “The Fight for Freedom of Expression Around the World: A Personal Account.” Ralston Saul is President Emeritus of PEN International and author of, among many other books, Voltaire's Bastards, The Unconscious Civilization, and Joseph Howe and the Battle for Freedom of Speech.

There will be a networking session following the lecture. There is no charge to attend, and all are welcome.


John Ralston Saul Bio


John Ralston Saul has had a growing impact on political and economic thought in many countries. Hailed as ahead of his time by TIME magazine, he is included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. His 14 works have been translated into 28 languages in 37 countries.

He has received many national and international awards for his writing, including: the Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, as well as the Gordon Montador Award for Best Canadian Book on Social Issues. His Reflections of a Siamese Twin was chosen by Maclean’s magazine as one of the ten best non-fiction books of the twentieth century.

President of Canadian PEN from 1990-1992 and an active member of Centre québécois du PEN international, he helped create the PEN Canada's Writers In Exile Program in 2004. Saul is the Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), a national charity promoting the inclusion of new citizens. He founded the ICC’s LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium, a national lecture event that showcases leading Canadian and international thinkers and invites Canadians to join the national conversation on citizenship and the public good.

He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and a Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. His 19 honourary degrees range from McGill University and l’Université du Québec (UQAM), both in Montréal, to Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Born in Ottawa, Saul studied at McGill University and King’s College, University of London, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1972.

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