John Bonython Lectures (JBL)

John Bonython Lecture (JBL) and Annual Gala Dinner

The John Bonython Lecture series began in 1984 to honour the founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees and has had a tremendous impact on fostering debate, and injecting new ideas into the broader public-policy discourse. This annual gala event gathers CIS supporters, members and friends and provides the opportunity to honour our commitment to the core principles for which we stand.

Upcoming Lecturers

To Be Announced!

Past Lecturers

2022 Ambassador John Bolton | The U.S. vs the China-Russia entente

2019 Lionel Shriver | Creativity in an Age of Constraint

2018 Daniel Hannan | Individualism and the Paradox of Affirmative Action

2016 Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Liberal Democracies in an Era of Jihad and Mass Migration

2014 David Kilcullen | Islamism and the Threat to Liberal Ideas

2013 Deidre McCloskey | Cautiously Optimistic: Bourgeois Dignity & Global Prosperity

2012 Charles Murray | Capitalism and Virtue: Reaffirming Old Truths

2011 Frank Furedi | Leadership, Liberty and the Crisis of Authority

2010 Niall Ferguson | Empires on the Edge of Chaos

2009 P.J. O’Rourke | Invisible Hand versus Visible Fist: Securing the Future Wealth of Nations. Excerpts: The Ten Commandments Charming Leftists  What would Adam Smith say?

2007 Lawrence Mead | Anglo Primacy at the End of History: The Deep Roots of Power

2006 Arthur Herman | History as the Story of Liberty: A Globalised Western Civilisation

2005 Johan Norberg | The Wealth of Generations: Capitalism and the Belief in the Future

2004 Robert Kagan | The Crisis of Legitimacy: America and the World

2003 Josef Joffe | Gulliver Unbound: Can America Rule the World?

2002 Francis Fukuyama | Has History Restarted Since September 11?

2001 Lauchlan Chipman | What Governments Can’t Know: The Knowledge Economy and the Market

2000 Anne Krueger | Trading Phobias: Governments, NGOs and the Multilateral System

1999 Jerry Jordan | The End of Chaos? Global Markets in the Information Era

1998 Antonio Martino | The Modern Mask of Socialism

1997 James Q. Wilson | The Morality of Capitalism and video of event.

1996 Ray Ball | Institutions of Innovation and Prosperity

1995 Brigette Berger | The Social Roots of Prosperity

1994 Rupert Murdoch | The Century of Networking

1993 Mario Vargas Llosa | Questions of Conquest and Culture

1992 Kenneth R. Minogue | How Much Justice Does A Society Need?

1991 Vaclav Klaus | Dismantling Socialism: A Preliminary Report

1990 James Buchanan | Socialism is Dead But Leviathan Lives On

1989 Peter T. Bauer | Economic Control or Economic Development?

1988 Thomas Sowell | Endangered Freedom

1987 Shirley Robin Letwin | Law and Liberty

1986 Ralph Harris | The Enemies of Progress

1985 Ronald Max Hartwell | The Anti-Capitalist Mentality: Post Mortem for an Ideology

1984 Israel Kirzner | The Role of the Entrepreneur in the Economic System