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.

2016 Lecture: Margaret MacMillan

Mon Apr 04, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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

Photograph of Margaret MacMillan

Professor Margaret MacMillan is a leading expert on history of the British Empire in the late 19th and 20th centuries and international relations in the 20th century. Her books include Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World which won several awards including the Governor General's Literary Award. Her most recent book The War That Ended Peace, was published in October, 2013. She is the Warden of St Antony's College and a Professor of International History at the University of Oxford. In 2006 Professor MacMillan was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2016 she was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Canada. Join us as Margaret MacMillan breaks new ground by examining the women who helped create history and whose voices help historians write it.

Past Lectures


Louise Arbour, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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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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Books that examine the social, economic and political issues facing women around the world.

Learn more about Bluma Appel, the inspiring Toronto philanthropist whom The Bluma Lecture is named after.

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