If you are an organization, and wish to book a speaking engagement with John Ralston Saul, please contact:


From all non-PEN International enquiries:

email: jrs.ahouse12@rogers.com
PEN International

Sahar Halaimzai

email: sahar.halaimzai@pen-international.org



ENGAGEMENTS










  • June 12, 2014 - June 13, 2014
  • JRS in Tallinn to meet with members and President of Estonian PEN, Kätlin Kaldmaa and Estonian Minister of Culture, Urve Tiidus.



  • June 10, 2014 - June 10, 2014
  • JRS in Helsking with Jarkko Tonti, International Treasurer of PEN International and Sirpa Kähkönen, President of Finnish PEN. Tomorrow they will meet with Erik Lundberg, Head of the Unit for Human Rights Policy, Pekka Haavisto, Minister for International Development of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Finnish PEN members.





  • May 16, 2014 - May 21, 2014
  • JRS in Barcelona for PEN International Board meeting. Board to discuss Russia-Ukraine situation, developing PEN International in Latin America & regional strategies including Turkey, and South Asia.

  • May 16, 2014 - May 21, 2014
  • John Ralston Saul se encuentra en Barcelona para la Sesión Anual del Consejo del PEN Internacional discutiendo la situación Rusia-Ucrania y desarrollando la estrategia de PEN Internacional para la región de Latinoamérica Turquía el Asia del sur.








  • January 30, 2014
  • Delhi- Roundtable on PEN + freedom of expression given by Canadian High Commissioner Stewart Beck.

  • January 30, 2014
  • Delhi-Table ronde sur PEN + liberte dexpression proposee par Stewart Beck Haut - commissaire du Canada.

  • January 27, 2014
  • Mumbai- Roundtable on PEN and freedom of expression is given by Canadian Consul General Richard Bale. Title: Freedom of Expression in a Globalising World. Location: Lavender Room, Taj Chambers, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Apollo Bunder, Mumbai. 18:30 - 20:30

  • January 20, 2014
  • JRS in conversation with Michael Sandel re: "Has Globalism Failed? Markets, and the Dictatorship of Reason." Monday Jan 20th,2014. 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Jaipur Literature Festival.

  • January 20, 2014
  • JRS & Adrienne Clarkson in conversation with Jonathan Shainin: "The Pleasures and Problems of Cohabiting with Another Writer." Monday Jan 20th, 2014 15:30- 16:30. Jaipur Literature Festival.

  • January 19, 2014
  • JRS in conversation w/ Hubert Vedrine, & Shashi Tharoor on "History Strikes Back and the Collapse of Globalism." Sunday Jan 19th, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Jaipur Literature Festival.

  • January 19, 2014
  • PEN Session Sunday Jan 19th 17:00 - 18:00. JRS in conversation w/ Peter Godwin, Jerry Pinto & Madhu Trehan: "Freedom, Opinion and Expression."

  • January 18, 2014
  • JRS Introduces Ray Monk, biographer of Wittgenstein at Jaipur Literature Festival. Sat Jan 18th, 18:00



  • November 23, 2013 - November 29, 2013
  • JRS in South Africa for the 6th SRACHI (South African Research Chairs Initiative) from November 23rd- November 29th, 2013. "Establishing the Discourse and Protocols for Innovations from Below as Restorative Action to the Community."
















  • March 22, 2013
  • JRS speaks to Rotary Club of Toronto




  • January 30, 2013
  • John Ralston Saul discusses The Collapse of Globalism with David Roa at "La Madriguera del Conejo" in Bogotá, Colombia














  • September 18, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul delivers a lecture at a seminar organized by the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Saul shares his opinions on where humanities and social sciences should go for the coming era.












  • February 23, 2012
  • Participating as Panelist and a Leading Speaker at the Global Korea 2012 Conference (Seoul, South Korea)


  • November 4, 2011
  • JRS Receives Honourary Doctorate from Nipissing University and Delivers Convoocation Address

  • November 3, 2011
  • Panel Discussion: Aboriginal Education: A Call to Innovate, with National Chief Shawn Atleo and Jose Barreiro (Nipissing University Theatre, 6:30pm)


  • October 21, 2011
  • LaFontaine and Baldwin Book Launch Event at the Salon du livre de Dieppe at 19:00 (Dieppe, New Brunswick)

  • October 21, 2011
  • JRS Receives Honourary Doctorate from Université de Moncton and Delivers Convoocation Address

  • October 19, 2011
  • Discussing LaFontaine and Baldwin with Éric Bédard at Librairie Olivieri at 19:00 (Montreal, Canada)

  • October 17, 2011
  • Speech to the Saskatchewan Law Review (Saskatoon, Canada)

  • October 5, 2011
  • JRS participates in the first KA NA TA Conversation (Winnipeg, Canada)

  • September 12, 2011
  • Literary Evening with JRS, "The Collapse of Globalism" at Galery ARTGET (Belgrade, Serbia)

  • September 9, 2011
  • Speech: "Marshall McLuhan: communications and freedom of expression (Canadian Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia)


  • June 25, 2011
  • ICC Citizenship Ceremony hosted by the Musqueam Indian Band in Vancouver



  • May 26, 2011
  • JRS Receiving Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from Memorial University and Addressing the Convocation Ceremony at the Arts and Culture Centre (St. Johns, Canada)

  • May 26, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul recibe un título honorario de Doctorado en Letras de Memorial University y presenta un discurso en la Ceremonia de Graduación del Centro de Artes y Cultura (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada).

  • May 26, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul recibe un título honorario de Doctorado en Letras de Memorial University y presenta un discurso en la Ceremonia de Graduación del Centro de Artes y Cultura (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada)



  • March 18, 2011
  • Keynote Speech at the French Immersion in Manitoba Conference (Winnipeg, Canada)



  • March 2, 2011
  • Tribute to Bob Neibert (Bracebridge, Canada)


  • February 16, 2011
  • Speech on LaFontaine and Baldwin to the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)

  • February 15, 2011
  • Speech at ICC Special Citizenship Ceremony (Ottawa, Canada)





  • November 30, 2010
  • Seminar on the Arabic edition of Collapse of Globalism, with Dr. Hamed Ammar and Prof. Sayed Yassin (Cairo, Egypt)

  • November 5, 2010 - November 6, 2010
  • ICC Annual Gathering (Toronto)


  • October 25, 2010
  • Book Launch Event for Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin, with Joseph Boyden at the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium, Montreal Museum of Fine Art at 6:00PM (Montreal)

  • October 23, 2010
  • Interviewing Donna Thomson for the International Festival of Authors (Toronto)





  • October 18, 2010
  • French For the Future Annual General Meeting (Toronto)




  • September 9, 2010
  • Speech to Huronia Unitarian Fellowship: "Spirituality and Myth in a Fair Country: the Citizen as Agent of Change" (Barrie, Ontario)

  • August 12, 2010
  • Manhae Grand Prize Recipient Awards Ceremony (Manhae Village, South Korea )

  • August 9, 2010
  • Speech to Korean PEN (Seoul, South Korea)

  • June 24, 2010
  • Speaker, Meeting of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (Brussels, Belgium)

  • June 17, 2010
  • PEN Speech at the Committee of Translations and Linguistics Rights conference, hosted by Catalan PEN (Barcelona)

  • June 6, 2010
  • PEN Meeting with Roberto Varela, Minister of Culture (Galicia)

  • June 4, 2010
  • PEN Meeting with José Luís Baltar Pumar, President of Ourense

  • June 2010 - June 4, 2010
  • Opening Keynote Address on Migration and Integration at the ICORN General Assembly (Frankfurt, Germany)


  • May 22, 2010
  • John Ralston Saul Talks to Ramona Koval at the Sydney Writers' Festival (Sydney, Australia)


  • May 12, 2010
  • Keynote Speech at the London Regional Aboriginal Education Symposium 2010 - "Understanding the Past to Build the Future" (Ridgetown, Ontario)

  • May 6, 2010
  • Remarks at Opening of Bill Reddick Show at the Gardiner Museum (Toronto, Ontario)


  • April 28, 2010
  • Extraordinary Canadians at the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Ontario)

  • April 27, 2010
  • Extraordinary Canadians at the Ottawa International Writers Festival (Ottawa, Ontario)

  • April 22, 2010
  • Bernhard Schlink in conversation with John Ralston Saul, at the Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto, Ontario)

  • April 14, 2010
  • Meeting with Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma (London, United Kingdom)


  • April 6, 2010
  • Speech on A Fair Country to McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario)


  • March 30, 2010
  • Speech on A Fair Country to the Unitarian Church of Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia)


  • March 24, 2010
  • Meeting with President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Türk (Bled, Slovenia)

  • March 19, 2010
  • Meeting with the Secretary General of La Francophonie, Mr.Abdou Diouf


  • May 16, - May 21,
  • John Ralston Saul se encuentra en Barcelona para la Sesión Anual del Consejo del PEN Internacional discutiendo la situación Rusia-Ucrania y desarrollando la estrategia del PEN Internacional para la región de Latinoamérica, Turquía y Asia del sur.

Recent Speeches







  • November 24, 2013
  • JRS gives a keynote address to UNISA SARCHI(South African Research Chair Initiative) retreat attendees.

  • November 22, 2013
  • JRS Contextual Address: Philosophical Perspective



  • November 5, 2013 - November 6, 2013
  • JRS gives the Closing Key Note Address at The Rotman School of managements two day conference titled: The Future of Business Education. A Conference for Business School Deans in Honour of Professor Roger Martin.




  • October 22, 2010
  • Keynote Speech on Endangered Languages at the EstDocs Film Festival (Toronto, Canada)


  • September 9, 2010
  • Speech to Huronia Unitarian Fellowship: "Spirituality and Myth in a Fair Country: the Citizen as Agent of Change" (Barrie, Ontario)


  • June 24, 2010
  • Speaker, Meeting of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (Brussels, Belgium)

  • June 17, 2010
  • PEN Speech at the Committee of Translations and Linguistics Rights conference, hosted by Catalan PEN (Barcelona, Spain)

  • June 2010
  • Opening Keynote Address on Migration and Integration at the ICORN General Assembly (Frankfurt, Germany)

  • May 20, 2010
  • Onstage Event, "An Evening with John Ralston Saul" at the Sydney Writers' Festival (Sydney, Australia)

  • May 20, 2010
  • Onstage Event, "An Evening with John Ralston Saul" at the Sydney Writers' Festival (Sydney, Australia)

  • May 12, 2010
  • Keynote Speech at the London Regional Aboriginal Education Symposium 2010 - "Understanding the Past to Build the Future" (Ridgetown, Ontario)

  • May 3, 2010
  • Keynote Address, "Doing Theology in A Fair Country" at the First Biennial National Conference of the Churches' Council on Theological Education in Canada (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

  • April 8, 2010
  • Keynote Address at the Université Laval's "Between Wisdom and Ignorance" International Conference (Laval, Quebec)

  • April 6, 2010
  • Speech on A Fair Country to McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario)

  • March 31, 2010
  • Speech on A Fair Country for the President's Lecture Series at Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, British Columbia)




























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