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Missed one of our guest lecturers? Watch the lecture on our YouTube channel!

Throughout the year, the Faculty of Humanities welcomes many great guest lecturers from McMaster and from other institutions around the world. Some of our most prestigious events include the Whidden Lecture Series and the Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Visiting Lecture. If you missed the lecture the first time around, now you can catch it on our YouTube channel!

This year we welcomed Dr. Amber Miller, Professor of Physics and Dean of Science at Columbia University to campus for two lectures: Nature’s Ultimate Time Machine: Photographing the Infant Universe and Cosmological Observations from the Stratosphere.

We also welcomed Dr. Josiah Ober for the H.L. Hooker Distinguished Vising Professor Lecture titled ‘Democracy Before Liberalism’. Dr. Ober is the Constantine Mitsotakis Professor of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University.


The Whidden Lectures were established in 1954 by E. Carey Fox, a philanthropic alumnus of McMaster University, to honour a beloved Chancellor, the Reverend Howard P. Whidden, churchman, statesman, and teacher, who had been the architect of the university’s transfer from Toronto to Hamilton in 1930.

The first lecture in the series, which is understood to have an interdisciplinary mandate, was delivered in 1954.

The Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Visiting Scholar is an annual honour bestowed by McMaster University on highly accomplished academics who have made significant contributions to their field of study.