Minifie Lecture

Past Lecturers

Knowlton Nash (1981)
Clark Davey (1982)
William Stevenson (1983)
Charles Lynch (1984)
Joe Schlesinger (1985)
Helen Hutchinson (1986)
Allan Fotheringham (1987)
Ann Medina (1988)
Peter Gzowski (1989)
Patrick Watson (1990)
Eric Malling (1991)
Pamela Wallin (1992)
June Callwood (1993)
Arthur Kent (1994)
Valerie Pringle (1995)
Peter Mansbridge (1996)
Lloyd Robertson (1997)
Rex Murphy (1998)
Adrienne Clarkson (1999)
Wendy Mesley (2000)
Linden MacIntyre (2001)
Haroon Siddiqui (2002)
Alanna Mitchell (2003)
Evan Solomon (2004)
Kevin Newman (2005)
David Halton (2006)
Edward Greenspon (2007)
Carol Off (2008)
Terry Milewski (2009)
Tony Burman (2010)
Anna Maria Tremonti (2011)
Chantal Hebert (2012)|
Wab Kinew (2013)
Nahlah Ayed (2014)
Derek Stoffel (2015)
Doug Cuthand (2016)

Video Library

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Book compilation

Thirty Years of Journalism and Democracy in Canada: The Minifie Lectures 1981-2010
A celebration and recognition of 30 years of Minifie lectures hosted by the School of Journalism. The book contains the complete transcripts of all 30 lectures; ideas and reflections on the state of Canadian journalism from a cross-section of Canadian news journalists.

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The James M. Minifie Lecture

In June 1980, the James M. Minifie Fund was set up to help support the School of Journalism at the University of Regina. The fund has provided the school with modern facilities for classes in all aspects of journalism. The fund also supports a free public annual lecture featuring Canada’s most distinguished journalists.

Tax deductible donations to the fund are welcome — for details please contact the Head of the School of Journalism.

This year’s lecturer

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2018 Lecturer

Peter Mansbridge


Mansbridge has received over a dozen national awards for broadcast excellence.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
7 pm – Education Auditorium

Complimentary Parking lots 1 M area, 7 & 8.
Paid parking available in the Riddell Centre
or Centre for Kinesiology Health and Sport 

The School of Journalism’s 37th Minifie Lecturer is Peter Mansbridge. He is the first-ever lecturer to be asked to return a second time, to book-end the insights gained over a long career in Canadian broadcast news.

Peter Mansbridge is one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures. For five decades, including 29 years as anchor of CBC’s The National, he has guided us through the political, economic, and cultural events that have shaped the country. Unsurprisingly, he’s also a great public speaker. In keynotes, he highlights the very real contribution of Canada, and its citizens, in building a better world.

Mansbridge’s sterling career at the CBC is without precedent. He served as the chief correspondent of CBC News, helmed its flagship show The National, anchored all CBC News specials, and hosted the intelligent interview show Mansbridge: One on One. For his work, Mansbridge has received over a dozen national awards for broadcast excellence—yet for all the accolades, he remains an astoundingly grounded individual, with a gentle humour and trademark integrity. Reflecting back on his journalism career, which has taken him across the country and the planet, he told CBC’s The Current, “When you hear from others about their perceptions of Canada, it opens your eyes about the country you live in. You learn things about yourself you didn’t know.”

Away from the news desk, Mansbridge has been recognized by leading universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and, of course, Canada. He’s been a Fellow at Yale, has lectured at Oxford, was named Chancellor of Mount Allison University, and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mansbridge has received 13 honorary doctorates, including his latest, in 2017, from McMaster University, where he told graduates that, “We need to face disagreements and divisions head on, but with passion and conviction and respect.” Mansbridge was also named an Officer of the Order of Canada—one of the country’s highest civilian honours—for his “contributions to broadcasting, for his commitment to helping Canadians better understand their country and the world, and for his dedication to literacy and Canada’s youth.”

Known for his trademark voice and unflappable onscreen presence, Mansbridge has also found success as an author. His book Mansbridge: One on One was a national bestseller, and he’s penned contributions to The 100 Photos That Changed Canada, Canada’s Great War Album, and the ambitious essay collection 100 Days That Changed Canada.

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James M. Minifie

James M. Minifie, one of Canada’s most courageous and illustrious journalists, was born in Burton-on-Trent, England in 1900. His father was a hay and feed dealer who joined the adventurous pioneers then emigrating to Canada in 1909. The family homesteaded at Vanguard, near Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

As a boy, James M. Minifie shared in the sparse comforts and many hardships of early prairie life. His father had led the campaign for the tiny school where young James attended lessons after early morning farm chores. At the age of 16 he talked his way into the army, serving in Europe during the Great War with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

On his return to Canada at the conclusion of hostilities, he attended Regina College, forerunner of the University of Regina. He went on to the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1923; studied at Oriel College at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar; and finished his education at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Minifie’s career as a journalist began in 1929 when he joined the staff of the New York Herald Tribune as a reporter, subsequently becoming their Paris correspondent. During the Spanish Civil War, he was captured by Franco’s forces and returned to Paris when released. Later, he went to Rome to report on Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator.

In the Second World War, Minifie reported the Battle of Britain from London. While watching an air raid during the Blitz, shattered glass from the blast of a German bomb cost him an eye. Transferred to Washington, he joined the Office of Strategic Services and at war’s end was awarded the American Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the Allied cause.

Then began James M. Minifie’s long association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as their Washington correspondent. For 15 years, first on radio, then on television, he built up a large following of devoted listeners and viewers who waited for the famous, “This is James M. Minifie …”

He wrote several highly regarded books before being overtaken by illness in 1968. Moving to Victoria, B.C., because of poor health, he died in 1974.