Support New Open Forum for Social Justice and Public Good

This Lectureship is an exciting new initiative at The University of Winnipeg intended to provoke dialogues about social justice in an accessible, open forum and named in honour of former UWinnipeg President, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy.

UPDATE (April 10, 2015) – We would like to thank all of our generous supporters that helped us reach our crowdfunding goal! These donations are what makes this important lecture series on social justice accessible and free of charge. We need continued support to keep bringing world-renowned social activists and front-ranking scholars like Cornel West and Jane Goodall to UWinnipeg.

There are still three more draws for a pair of reserved seats and one draw for two passes to a private meet and greet with Dr. West that includes two seats to the keynote address as well. Donate today and help this series run in perpetuity!

UPDATE (March 25, 2015) – The UW Foundation is excited to announce that a limited number of tickets to a private meet and greet with Cornel West (which includes reserved seating at the lecture) will be available to the first fifty donors who give $150 or more. A tax receipt for a portion of this amount will be available.

All donors will also receive first notice of opportunities to secure reserved seating at the second Axworthy Lecture featuring Dr. Jane Goodall on September 11, 2015! Stay tuned for more details.

UPDATE (February 26, 2015) – Win tickets to meet visiting scholar Dr. Cornel West! GRAND PRIZE DRAW: If you donate $25 or more, you will automatically be entered to win:

-Two passes to a VIP Meet and Greet with Dr. West just prior to his lecture -
Two reserved seats at the lecture. This grand prize draw takes place on May 4.

ALL DONATIONS, including those over $25, will also be entered for ANOTHER draw to win one of ten pairs of reserved seats to the lecture. One pair will be given away each week beginning on March 5 leading up to the event. Each donor is limited to one entry and all gifts made prior to this notice will automatically be entered into qualifying draws. All entries must be submitted by 12:00 CST the day of each draw to be eligible.


- Shannon Kristjanson (April 30)
- Jordan Byggdin (April 23rd)
- James Rewucki (April 16th)
Heather Patrick (April 9th)
- Omar Zulfi (April 2nd)
- Shahzad Musaddiq and Monika Feist (March 26th)
- Dr. Dianne Leggatt (March 19) - unable to attend - two draws on March 26th!
- George Van Den Bosch (March 12th)
- James Janzen (March 5th)

Jane Goddall UPDATE (January 13, 2015) Thank you to everyone that has supported the Axworthy Lecture Series! Through your generosity we are over halfway to reaching our goal.

We are also excited to announce that renowned primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall, will be the second speaker in the Lectureship. Dr. Goodall’s work at the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve became the foundation of contemporary primatological research, effectively redefining the relationship between humans and animals. Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which supports programs for research, education, community development, and conservation.

Dr. Goodall’s lecture is scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Click here to read the official media release. [Photo credit: Michael Neugebauer]

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him … We need not wait to see what others do.”

― Ghandi


This Lectureship is an exciting new initiative at The University of Winnipeg intended to provoke dialogues about social justice in an accessible, open forum and named in honour of former UWinnipeg President, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, in recognition of the social and infrastructural changes he has brought to Winnipeg’s inner city, and the leadership role he has played in making post-secondary education obtainable for everyone. The University of Winnipeg is known for its cultural diversity, desire for positive social change and commitment to rigorous liberal education. Located in the heart of Winnipeg’s downtown, it is accessible to individuals of all socioeconomic standings and backgrounds. The Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series reflects and enhances these attributes as a free event, open to the public and held within the city’s core.

The Axworthy Lectureship has already received funding for the inaugural Axworthy Lectureship, which will bring the distinguished public intellectual Dr. Cornel West to UWinnipeg on May 8, 2015. With this early success and prestigious guest booked, it’s important to keep the momentum going. We need YOUR HELP raising additional funds so we can invite our 2016 lecturer as soon as possible and ensure we continue to attract distinguished figures for future series. Names in consideration for 2016 include Nobel laureates, world-renowned social activists and front-ranking scholars focused on questions of social justice.


crowd_cornel_new_yorkDr. Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual and civil rights activist. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University and has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He appears frequently on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span, and PBS. He can be heard weekly with Tavis Smiley on “Smiley & West”, the national public radio program distributed by Public Radio International. Along with Smiley, Dr. West participates in the “Poverty Tour”, traveling across the U.S to libraries, non-profits and corporations, and colleges and universities, and religious institutions, to discuss why now is the time to make poverty a priority in America.

He has appeared in over 25 feature films (including The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions) and documentaries (including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand). He has made three spoken word albums collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. In short, Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a wide variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love, civil rights and social justice.

If you don’t want to make a gift online, you can also send a cheque to:

The University of Winnipeg Foundation
901 - 491 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E4 Canada


Call toll-free: 1-866-394-6050.

Please make sure to mark your gift for the Axworthy Distinguished Lecture and your gift will be counted towards this initiative!

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