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2017 Derry Lecture

October 23, 2017

"Education is the most powerful tool we can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

Should the future of higher education look back to the past for direction?

On October 23 at 5 p.m. join the Huron community for our annual Derry Lecture. This year, the speaker will be Dr. Alastair JS Summerlee, the Interim Vice-Chancellor at Carleton University. Dr. Summerlee will lead a talk that focuses on optimizing higher education with regards to accessibility, and the demands it places on students and educators. The lecture will explore solutions and illustrate that, perhaps, the future of effective higher education lies in considering the views and approaches of the past.

Don't miss the incredible opportunity to learn from an internationally-renowned figure about how we can work together to sharpen our most powerful weapon against the social, economic and environmental injustices our world is facing.

This event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there. 


About Alastair James Scott Summerlee, FCAHS, LLD, BSc, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS
President and Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

A passionate humanitarian, dedicated teacher, and internationally renowned researcher, Alastair Summerlee is the interim president and vice-chancellor of Carleton University. Previously, he served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Guelph (2003-14) and professor of Biomedical Science (1989-2017).

His work to raise funds to support education and women and girls in Kenya attracted international investment from the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom and from private individuals. Summerlee is part of the international movement to unite universities worldwide in fighting hunger and poverty known as the PUSH Initiative (President’s United to Solve Hunger) and was the International Quality of Life Laureate at the United Nations in 2012.