Most Recent Lecture

Declining Fertility and Diverging Family Structure: Demographic Challenges Unfolding

Melissa S. Kearney
Ms. Kearney is the Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. She is also Director of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group; a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); and a non-resident Senior Fellow at Brookings.

The J. Douglas Gibson Lecture Series

This lectureship was established in 1988 by family and friends to honour the memory of Mr. J. Douglas Gibson, Chairman of Queen's University Board of Trustees from 1969 to 1975.

The Gibson Lecture brings to Queen's an internationally renowned scholar or public figure to deliver a public lecture on a topic relevant to the School's mandate.

Since 2000, the Gibson lecture has been given by Professor Rebecca Blank, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan; Dr. Demetrios Papademetriou, Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC. The Lecture Series continued on February 3, 2005 with a speech by Dr. Lester Salamon.

Upcoming Lecture:

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Past lectures in this series:

2022:  Melissa S. Kearney, Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland
"Declining Fertility and Diverging Family Structure: Demographic Challenges Unfolding"

2019: Jonathan Rodden, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
"Why Cities Lose The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide"

2018: Bob Rae, Lawyer, Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar and Professor of Public Policy
"The Rohingya crisis: human rights and international solidarity in the age of populism"

2018: Robert Wolfe, Professor Emeritus, Queen's University
'Renegotiating NAFTA: A new model for North American economic (dis)integration"

2016: Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre, Geneva
"Is Globalization Worth Saving?"

2015: Jutta Brunnée, Professor, Metcalf Chair in Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
"The Global Climate Regime on the Road to Paris, 2015: Shifting Norms, Changing Structures and Moving Targets"

2013: Alvin Roth, 2012 Nobel Laureate
"What have we learned from market design?"

2012: Dr. Jerry Mashaw, Sterling Professor in Law Yale Law School
"Who is Responsible for Intergenerational Equity: Some Reflections on Accountability and Time"