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The Bluma Lecture

The Bluma Lecture is an annual lecture dedicated to the discussion of important issues by some of the world's most thoughtful opinion-leaders. The Lecture is co-presented by the Toronto Public Library Foundation and Toronto Public Library.

Named in honour of Toronto philanthropist Bluma Appel, The Bluma Lecture has been made possible by an extraordinary gift from the Bluma Appel Community Trust.

The Bluma Lecture is held annually in The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon. The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is a vibrant literary and cultural commons in the heart of Toronto, located at the Toronto Reference Library, part of the busiest library system in the world.

Upcoming Lecture

The Honourable Louise Arbour

The event is sold out, but you can watch the Bluma Lecture online.

Photograph of Louise Arbour

Louise Arbour, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, joins us for the third annual Bluma Lecture. The Honourable Louise Arbour is one of Canada's most thoughtful opinion-leaders whose name is synonymous with international criminal law and human rights. Few people have tackled more wicked problems, so when she asks if our reach exceeds our grasp, we should listen. And who better to probe into the implications of her question than another of Canada's eminent public thinkers, the former Minister of Finance Marc Lalonde.

Past Lectures


Irshad Manji, controversial Canadian author and professor on "Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?"

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Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize winning journalists on "Our Era's Most Pervasive Human Rights Violation: The Oppression of Women and Girls in the Developing World".

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