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Barry Kay Lecture Series

The Barry Kay Lecture Series was established in honour of Barry Kay, who was a professor in the Department of Political Science for 41 years at Laurier. When Kay passed away in December 2019, the department lost a cherished and dear colleague. 

Join us for our annual lecture series to learn about the world of politics from experts in the field and engage in discussions.

About Barry Kay

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. He authored or co-authored more than 40 academic articles and book chapters. In addition to his scholarly work, 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 Barry Kay's legacy

Memorial Donations:  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 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 this scholarship, please visit the memorial donation site.


The Next Four Years:

Perspectives on U.S. Post-Election Politics

Date: Nov. 13, 2020 at noon

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  • Christopher Borick, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Muhlenberg College, Institute of Public Opinion in Pennsylvania
  • Debora L. VanNijnatten, Professor of Political Science and North American Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario


Kristin Mead, 4th year Political Science Honours Student, Wilfrid Laurier University

Just days after the U.S. election, join our experts to explore the results from a cross-border perspective. What will this outcome mean for relations between Congress and the White House, for federal-state relations and for the deep, partisan fissures that divide Americans? We’ll also explore what the election might mean for Canadian policy priorities in the coming years. An event not to be missed!

For more information about the event, see Laurier’s Barry Kay Memorial Lecture will explore the results of the U.S. presidential election

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