A trust was established in 1983 in memory of the late Kathy Baker, a graduate of both New College and the Faculty of Law, to fund visits to the University by one or more distinguished individuals in the field of politics, government and law. The program is administered jointly by the Faculty of Law, New College and the Students’ Administrative Council of the University of Toronto. The Katherine Baker Memorial Lectures have been delivered by the Honourable Donald S. Macdonald, Mr. Geoffrey Pearson, Mr. Georges Henry Erasmus, Mr. Clayton Ruby, the Honourable Flora I. Macdonald P.C., Professor Mary Ellen Turpel, Dalhousie University, and Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Leader National Conscience Party Nigeria

Past Baker Memorial Lectures:

  • Professor David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University, "Civil War? What Does This Mean?: Mid-Nineteenth-Century Answers to a Nagging Question" (30 September 2015)
  • Anne Orford, Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law, Melbourne Law School, "Food Security, the World Trade Organisation, and the Social State" (September 16, 2014). Read the lecture abstract (PDF). Read the article based on the lecture (PDF) ((2015) 11:2 J Intl L & Intl Rel).
  • Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, "On non-domination" (February 10, 2011).Read the full paper (PDF). Read the article based on the lecture and the response by David Dyzenhaus ((2012) 62:3 UTLJ).