The Shannon Lectures in History are a series of thematically linked public lectures offered at Carleton University each autumn and made possible through the Shannon Donation, a major gift from a long-time friend of the Department of History
The objectives of the series are four-fold:
- to explore and illuminate the social dimensions of the past, particularly with reference to the social history of Canada;
- to demonstrate the linkages between approaches to Canadian history and the wider body of international scholarship;
- to encourage cooperation and a sense of collegiality between the different communities of historians in Canada, whether in universities, public institutions, or private agencies;
- to popularize innovative historical methods, practices, or genres, and to convey them in lectures intended to engage a general audience in an informative and accessible manner.
The Shannon Funds were donated by Lois M. Long in memory of her parents James Buchanan Long and Ida May (Davidson).