1998 - Dr. Esmeralda Thornhill, Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University.
Public Lecture: "Lessons for Now: Life and Times of Robert Sutherland"
2000 - Enid Lee,International Consultant, Public Speaker, Facilitator, Writer, and Community Builder on Language, Culture, and Race as they relate to Equity in Education and Organization Development.
Public Lecture: "Fanning the Flames for Equity in Hard Times: A Conversation for Black History Month"
2001 - Ken Wiwa, Journalist and Author, In the Shadow of a Saint.
Public Lecture: "In the Shadow of a Saint: Memory, Community, and the Quest for Social Justice"
2002 - Dr. Patricia McFadden, Sociologist, Activist, Writer, Publisher and Recipient of the 1999 Hellman/Hammet Human Rights Prize.
Public Lecture: "Becoming Post-Colonial: African Women Change the Meaning of Citizenship"
2003 - Faith Nolan, Singer, Songwriter, and Activist.
Public Lecture: "Talking and Singing 'bout the Jailhouse Blues: Challenging the Growth of Prison Industrial Complex"
2004 - William Commanda, Elder, and Romola Trebilcock , Co-ordinator, Circle of All Nations.
Public Lecture: “A Circle of All Nations- A Culture of Peace"
2005 - Dr. George Elliot Clarke, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Author.
Public Lecture: "Towards a Pedagogy of African- Canadian Literature"
2006 - Dr. Afua Cooper, Dub Poet, Sociologist, Historian, author of The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal.
Public Lecture: "Acts of Rebellions: Black Women and Men Engage in Slavery in Upper Canada"
2008 - Lawrence Hill, Best-selling author of seven books, including The Book of Negroes and The Deserter's Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq.
2009 - Dr. Sunera Thobani, Professor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, Past President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.
Public Lecture: “Slumdogs and Superstars: Negotiating the Culture of Terror”
2010 - Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University.
Public Lecture: “Race, Place and Environmental Justice after Hurricane Katrina”
2011 - David Austin,Public intellectual, community organizer and co-founder of the Alfie Roberts Institute, an independent education and research centre based in Montreal.
Public Lecture: “Fear of a Black Planet: Race, Sex, and Security in the Re-Making of Canadian National Consciousness”
2012-13 - Dr. Jasbir Puar, Edward Said Chair of American Studies, American University of Beirut, Lebanon and Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University , USA, and author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times.
Public lecture: "Homonationalism, Sex and Diversity: Pinkwashing and Biopolitics in the Middle East"