About the Dalton Camp Endowment
Following the death of Dalton Camp in 2002, St. Thomas University began raising money to create an endowment in his name. The Dalton Camp Endowment in Journalism enhances the education of journalists at St. Thomas and recognizes the significant and lasting contribution to journalism made by Dalton Camp.
Dalton Camp was born in 1920 in Woodstock, N.B. He graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism and the London School of Economics, returning to Canada to become a major figure in provincial and national politics. He eventually left politics to become a full-time political columnist, primarily with the Toronto Star. Camp maintained a home base in New Brunswick, although the force of his ideas was felt from coast to coast.
The Camp endowment supports students on campus in a variety of ways, including scholarships and workshops with visiting journalists. The endowment also funds the annual Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism, which has been an annual event on campus for more than a decade.
The Lecture Series
A few months after Dalton Camp’s death, I called Bernie Lucht, the long-time executive producer of CBC Radio’s Ideas. I asked if Ideas would be interested in producing a lecture series in partnership with St. Thomas called the Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism that would create a public conversation about the role of journalism in society. During that phone call we settled on terms that remain in place to this day.
Since then, a diverse and fascinating group of speakers have visited St. Thomas. Past lectures have been delivered by June Callwood, Joe Schlesinger, Naomi Klein, Roy MacGregor, Chantal Hébert, Kenneth Whyte, Sue Gardner, Stephanie Nolen, Neil Reynolds, Nahlah Ayed, David Carr, Nelofer Pazira, and Lyse Doucet.
The Camp Lecture series has a simple formula. We choose journalists who have something to say. They come to campus and meet with students informally during the day, then speak for an hour in the evening in front of an audience of students and members of the community. CBC records the event and turns it into an hour of radio. The annual lecture has been and continues to be one of the highlights of the academic year at STU.