How do Ryan’s wide-ranging contributions still speak to debates in Quebec and beyond?

Claude Ryan’s approach to liberal democracy offers unique perspectives on public life, journalism, and the role of faith in the public square.


McGill University and the Newman Centre, in collaboration with many partners, will highlight the 10th anniversary of the passing of Claude Ryan with a symposium on February 13 and 14, 2014. Through a series of panels and discussions, this symposium aims to deepen our understanding of Claude Ryan and how religion, politics, history, and culture helped shape his thought and writings.


As part of the proceedings, The Federal Idea, in partnership with McGill University and the Newman Centre has organized a luncheon-conference on February 14 with the Hon. Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada, and the Hon. Jean Charest, former Premier of Quebec. Registration is mandatory.

In the last seven years of his life Mr. Ryan developed a close relationship to McGill University through his involvement with the Newman Centre, contributing to the Centre’s intellectual and spiritual life in a myriad of ways and also pioneering and teaching one of the core courses of McGill’s newly established Catholic Studies program, Catholic Social Thought. In partnership with our sponsors and collaborators, McGill University and the Newman Centre are proud organizers of this event. We hope it may serve as a fitting tribute to Mr. Ryan, as an acknowledgement of his life of unremitting service and generosity, and that its fruits may yield reflection and inspiration for today and for generations to come


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  • Office of the Provost

    Office of Communications and External Relations

    Dean of Arts

    Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies

    Faculty of Religious Studies

    Centre for Research on Religion

    Pluralism, Religion, and Public Policy

    McGill Institute for the Study of Canada