Lecture Series

As part of its commitment to fostering public policy debate, the Donner Canadian Foundation hosts a semiannual, public lecture series featuring some of the world's most prominent intellectuals.

Most Recent Lecture:

Putinís War Against Ukraine: The Global Stakes

A discussion between Chrystia Freeland and Strobe Talbott, moderated by Rudyard Griffths / Tuesday, May 19, 2015 / Toronto

Chrystia Freeland began her journalistic career as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist. She continued at the Financial Times in a variety of roles, including deputy editor and Moscow bureau chief. Freeland served as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail between 1999 and 2001, before becoming the U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times. In 2010, Freeland joined Canadian-owned Thomson Reuters as editor-at-large. Freeland is the author of Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution (2000) and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012). On November 25, 2013, Freeland was elected to the House of Commons, and she was re-elected in October 2015. She currently serves as Minister of International Trade.

Strobe Talbott is president of the Brookings Institution. Educated at Yale and Oxford, he was a foreign-affairs reporter and columnist for Time magazine for 21 years, then Deputy Secretary of State in the Clinton administration. He chairs the Foreign Affairs Policy Board of the U.S. State Department. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and chair of the American Ditchley Foundation. He has written or co-authored a dozen books on international relations.

Rudyard Griffiths is the director and moderator of the Munk Debates.

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Past Speakers

Our series has featured such influential thinkers as Steven Pinker, Niall Ferguson, Anne Applebaum, Hernado de Soto, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Click here for a full list. 



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