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Barry Kay Lecture Series

About Barry Kay

Dr. Barry Kay was a respected scholar and media commentator on politics at both the federal and provincial levels in Canada and in the United States. After receiving a PhD from the University of Rochester, he went on to author or co-author more than 40 academic articles and book chapters. In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Kay wrote hundreds of newspaper opinion articles and was frequently interviewed by journalists across Canada and the U.S. Among his many activities, he was an active member of the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP) and developed a widely consulted seat-projection model based on electoral data and polls.

Read more about Dr. Kay's legacy in these pieces from Laurier's own Campus Magazine and one of Canada's national newspapers, the Globe and Mail.  

The Lectures


Barry wanted his legacy to reach his students by acknowledging their achievements, so three scholarships were established to recognize exceptional students in Political Science:  the Lillian and Harry Kay Memorial Scholarship, named for Barry's parents who instilled in him the value of education; the Sherry Palmer Scholarship, Political Science administrative assistant for 30 years, who Kay considered the “heart and soul” of the department; and the Barry Kay Scholarship established to honour Barry's love of teaching and high regard for his students. To contribute to one of these scholarships, please visit the memorial donation site.