The Claude and Elaine Pensa Lecture in Human Rights with Speaker, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson


ALERT: The Claude & Elaine Pensa Lecture in Human Rights is NOW cancelled as a result of a winter storm. 

We have been advised by Western Law that the winter storm has impacted Madame Clarkson’s ability to make it to London. We will provide an update should a new date be announced.


Harrison Pensa in partnership with Western Law would like to announce the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson as the guest speaker of the Annual Claude & Elaine Lecture in Human Rights. Adrienne Clarkson will be giving a presentation on “Knowing the Other: The Basis of Human Rights”.  The esteemed Former Governor General will be speaking at the Faculty of Law on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 38.  

A near decade long event, the Claude and Elaine Pensa Lecture in Human Rights highlights the ongoing challenge of Human Rights in Canada. The lecture serves to honour the 57-year long career of Claude Pensa, as well the advocacy for human rights that he shared with his wife, Elaine Pensa.  

Past guests of the lecture include Michael Ignatieff, former leader of the federal Liberal Party, Chief Phil Fontaine, the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie.

About Adrienne Clarkson

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson became the 26th Governor General of Canada, appointed by Queen Elizabeth II on the recommendation of former Prime Minister Jean Chretien. Clarkson served many roles in political office, the first being the Agent General of Ontario, and subsequently serving as an Officer of the Order of Canada. In addition to her political standing, Adrienne Clarkson also thrived in the film industry, producing and directing political filmography. After ending her time in public office, Clarkson founded and co-chaired the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Adrienne Clarkson has published an autobiography, and now resides in Toronto, Ontario. 

Event Details

Date:       Wednesday, March 12, 2014 

Time:       7:30 p.m.

Location:  Faculty of Law, Western University, Rm. 38

All are welcome to attend this free public lecture. Please arrive early as seating is limited.



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