MacLennan Lecture

Through a generous gift from Oriel MacLennan, a life-long enthusiast of the history of science, the History of Science and Technology Program established the MacLennan Lecture in April 2017.

The newly minted MacLennan Lecture funds a visiting scholar to present a public lecture in the field of Science and Technology Studies or in History and Philosophy of Science. King’s students, as well as interested senior students in the local secondary schools will also be invited to spend time with the visiting lecturer in a seminar setting.

2019 MacLennan Lecture

Stanley’s Dream: The Canadian Medical Expedition to Easter Island

Stanley's Dream: The Canadian Medical Expedition to Easter Island. with Jacalyn Duffin.

January 16, 2019
7 p.m.
Alumni Hall, University of King’s College

Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, hematologist and historian at Queen’s University, presents the MacLennan lecture in the History of Science and Technology. Dr. Duffin will speak on her new book project Stanley’s Dream: The Canadian Medical Expedition to Easter Island.

2017 MacLennan Lecture

Science and the Rationality of the Social

Presented by Dr. Sundar Sarukkai. October 25, 2017

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Jacalyn Duffin

2019 Visiting Scholar

M.D. (Toronto), F.R.C.P.(C), Ph.D. (Sorbonne)

Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, MD, PhD, is a hematologist and historian who has occupied the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University since 1988. A former president of both the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, she is the author of eight books and many articles, holds several awards for teaching and research, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on disease, technology, religion, and health policy.


Dr. Sundar Sarukkai

2017 Visiting Scholar

BSc (St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore), MSc (Indian Institute of Technology), PhD (Purdue)

Dr. Sundar Sarukkai is a Professor of Philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus in Bangalore. He came to King’s as the History of Science and Technology Programme Visiting Scholar-in-Residence for the Fall of 2017.

Dr. Sarukkai is one of India’s leading public intellectuals and philosophers, having established the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (Manipal University) and the section on “Philosophy and Humanities” at the National Institute. His highly respected work covers a wide range of topics, from classic philosophy of science, globalised humanities, phenomenology, and the interactions of Western and non-Western forms of knowledge.