History's People: Personalities and the Past

Join us as we listen to and discuss Margaret MacMillan’s 2015 Massey Lectures Series History’s People: Personalities of the Past!

The renowned historian explores some of the great people — good and bad, dreamers, explorers and adventurers — who have shaped their times and ours. One historian's view of the people of the past who have intrigued, horrified or engaged her. Some of these great figures have changed the course of history and even directed the currents of our time. Others are memorable for being risk-takers, adventurers, or observers.

Margaret MacMillan received her PhD from Oxford University and is now a professor of international history at Oxford. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; a senior fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto; and an honorary fellow of Trinity College, University of Toronto, and of St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University. Her published works include The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, a New York Times Notable Book; Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History; Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World; Women of the Raj: The Mothers, Wives, and Daughters of the British Empire in India; and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World.

Tuesday, October 13 - Lecture 1: Persuasion and the Art of Leadership

Tuesday, October 27 - Lecture 2: Hubris

Tuesday November 10 - Lecture 3: Daring 

Tuesday November 24 - Lecture 4: Curiosity 

Tuesday December 1 - Lecture 5: Observers 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet.

Please register online with your email.

We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the program each week. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki at leev@nvdpl.ca or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.




Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Dec 01 2020 except Tue Oct 20 2020, Tue Nov 03 2020, Tue Nov 17 2020.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


  • All Ages