Please join us as we welcome the former Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean to deliver the 2019-20 Shaar Shalom Lecture at Dalhousie University.

Madame Jean’s talk is titled: “Shared Humanity: Generating Hope in an Era of Despair”.

*Note – This event will also be accessible online via live stream. Click HERE to watch live on Wednesday evening.

The Shaar Shalom Lecture at Dalhousie University is an annual lecture series which explores the broad themes of tolerance, multiculturalism, diversity and difference in contemporary Canadian society. Established as a partnership between the Shaar Shalom Synagogue and Dalhousie’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences this lecture series demonstrates our shared interests in bringing these themes to wider civil society.​


This event is free and open to the public but guests must RSVP to attend.

RSVP via our eventbrite page HERE

Please note, check-in will begin at 6:15 p.m. Guests that have reserved seats for this lecture must check in with the event staff by 6:55 p.m. in order to secure their seats. To minimize disruption, doors will close at 7:00 p.m.

The Dal Student Union Building is accessible with an elevator to the 2nd floor.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean is a Canadian of outstanding accomplishment. An immigrant from Haiti who overcame tremendous obstacles to build a distinguished career in journalism and humanitarianism, she served as Canada’s 27th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief from 2005 to 2010 — the first individual of African descent to hold Canada’s highest vice-regal office.

Madame Jean holds a BA in Modern Literature and Languages and an MA in Comparative Literature. Prior to serving as Governor General, she had an award-winning career as journalist, presenter and news anchor in both French and English. Immediately after concluding her mandate, she was appointed as special envoy of the United Nations for Haiti to support reconstruction efforts following the devastating 2010 earthquake. She has served as Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, recently completed a four-year term as Secretary General of La Francophonie and founded the Michaëlle Jean Foundation to fund youth-led community and civic initiatives.

Madame Jean holds the following official titles: Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada (C.P.), Companion of the Order of Canada (C.C.), Commander of the Order of Military Merit (C.M.M.), Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (C.O.M.) and the Canadian Forces Decoration (C.D.). She holds 21 honorary degrees – with the most recent having been bestowed to her by Dalhousie University in spring 2019.