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Jackman ICS Public Lecture Series


Leighton G. McCarthy Memorial Lecture 

The Leighton G. McCarthy Memorial Lecture features a speaker who will bring the education and psychology communities, and others, together, to help advance our understanding of children’s development and learning.

McCarthy was a distinguished Canadian who served as the Canadian Ambassador to the United States (1941–1945) and as a Member of Parliament for North Simcoe (1899–1908). He was a highly respected businessman and a prominent lawyer. He enjoyed a close personal friendship with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was a great friend of Prime Ministers Mackenzie King and Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Leighton G. McCarthy served on the University of Toronto’s Governing Council from 1936 to 1942 and bequeathed his family home to the University, which became the new home of the University’s Institute of Child Study in 1953. Leighton Goldie McCarthy House, at 45 Walmer Road, in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood, continues to be the main facility for the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. Plans are underway for a renovation and expansion of McCarthy House.

The Leighton G. McCarthy Memorial Lectures and other McCarthy public events presented by the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study are named in memory of this great Canadian and supported through the generosity of The Hope Charitable Foundation.

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Past McCarthy Lectures


Paul Tough


2012 Leighton G. McCarthy Memorial Lecture - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

7:00 p.m. OISE Ground Floor Library

Guest speaker Paul Tough, education author and former editor of the New York Times Magazine, spoke on the topic of his latest book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Read the August 31, 2012 Globe and Mail review and interview with Paul Tough and the August 23, 2012 New York Times Sunday Book Review.



2011 McCarthy Lecture - April, 7, 2011

with Prof. Alison Gopnik, Child Study Centre, University of California at Berkeley
author of The Philosophical Baby

This was a special 85th Anniversary Event presented by the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study in honour of its founding grant from the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Fund in 1925-26, and recognizing its sister institution, the Child Study Center at the University of California at Berkeley. Approximately, eighty-five years ago, six child study centres were seeded by the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Fund and established at Columbia University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, and Yale University

2008 Leighton G. McCarthy Memorial Panel Discussion

Entitled “Acting on a Vision for Universal Child Care: Integrating early childhood education and support services for families”.

Panelists: The Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, Prof. Carl Corter, City Councillor Janet Davis, Hon. Ken Dryden, Paul Tough (author), and Hon. Justin Trudeau.

Moderated by CBC TV host and author, Evan Solomon.

2005 Leighton G. McCarthy Memorial Lecture

with Prof. Nel Noddings of Standford University: “Happiness and Education: What does it mean to educate the whole child?”

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