Welcome to the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Lecture Series

Charles A. SankeyThis annual lecture series is named in honour of R.W. Bro. Charles A. Sankey (1905 – 2009) and is part of the partnership between the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario and Brock University.

The partnership established between the Grand Lodge and Brock University, St. Catharines, has proven most productive and mutually beneficial to both educational institutions. Its beginning was with the initiative of the Heritage Lodge No. 730 to support and maintain the Masonic collection in the James A. Gibson Library, and continuing with the posting on line of the Proceedings of Grand Lodge from 1855 to 2010.

Dr. Sankey served as Chancellor of Brock University from 1969 to 1974. A renowned Masonic scholar, he was active in all the concordant bodies of Masonry including the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, the Royal Order of Scotland, and Royal Arch Masons. His extensive collection of rare Masonic books and papers is in the Special Collections of the James Gibson Library at Brock, providing a rich resource for research scholars and students. the Masonic collection in the James A. Gibson Library, and continuing with the posting online of the Proceedings of Grand Lodge from 1855 to 2010.


This is an event rescheduled from March 2020. The rescheduled event will now be live-streamed on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 pm Eastern Time.

Prof. Cécile Révauger, University of Bordeaux (Montaigne), France

“Enlightenment, Gender and Race: Personal Reflections on Leading Issues in Masonic Studies”

Prof. Révauger will tell the audience about major themes from her long and active career as an expert on the history of Freemasonry in Europe and the Americas.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 15, starting at 2 pm Eastern Time

The event is expected to last approximately 2 hours.

Audience questions are welcome after the presentation. They can be submitted via a moderated chat connection.

Tickets: No tickets are necessary, but you are welcome to sign up for a ticket if you would like to receive information about future events in this series.

How to attend: The event on Nov. 15 will be live-streamed. To join the event, go to this link: 2020.sankeylectures.ca2020 Sankey Lecture Poster


The 2019 Sankey Lecture was presented by Prof. Chernoh M. Sesay Jr. on Sunday, March 24, 2019, and was entitled Democracy, Freedom, and the Beginnings of Black Freemasonry. The video of the lecture is now available here.

10th Anniversary of the Sankey Lectures

The 2019 Lecture represented the 10th Lecture in the series. For a short recap of all the lectures, please download the following document – Ten Years of Sankey Lectures

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