The J. B. Danquah Memorial Lecture Series was instituted in 1968 in memory of a foundation member of the Aca-demy, Dr Joseph Boakye Danquah, who died in prison in February 1965, fighting for freedom in all its manifestations. Described as the ‘doyen of Gold Coast politics’, J. B. Danquah was a lawyer, statesman, philosopher, scholar, novelist, dramatist, and journalist. In the words of Mr. Justice Nii Armaah Ollennu, Chairman of the Interim Council of the Academy in 1967, “As a statesman of the first rank, J. B. Danquah’s indomitable courage and his relentless fight against tyranny and oppres-sion to the very last day of his life, will remain a shining example to all lovers of freedom.” The event consists of a series of three lectures delivered by either a fellow or a distinguished non-fellow.
The themes for the Danquah Memorial lectures were originally restricted to fields like law, history, philosophy and literature, disciplines whose study occupied the greater part of J. B. Danquah’s academic pursuits.
His Excellency W. B. Van Lare, a foundation member of the Academy, who at the time was Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, and had had a long and distinguished career at the bench, delivered the maiden Danquah memorial lecture in 1968. The lecture was on the topic, ‘The Law, Human Rights and the Judiciary.’
The Danquah Memorial Lecture series remained within the domain of the humanities, until 1976, when Professor F. T. Sai gave the first science lecture on an otherwise humanities dominated platform.
Lectures delivered to date
The Law, Human Rights and the Judiciary.
W. B. Van Lare
Some Fundamentals in the Political Scene.
C. A. Ackah
The Role of Educated Persons in Ghana.
R. K. A. Gardiner
Institutional Challenges of Our Times.
The Commonwealth in Eclipse.
The Public Service and Administration of Public Affairs in Ghana.
A. L. Adu
The Man J.B. Danquah.
Joseph Ephraim Casely-Hayford, the Man of Vision and Faith.
Humanising Science and Technology for National Development.*
F. T. Sai
Aspects of Religion and Life in Africa.
K. A. Dickson
African Unity – The Dream and the Reality.
E. A. Boateng
Higher Education and Development in Africa.
A. A. Kwapong
Environmental Management and the Responsibility of the Privileged.*
L. E. Obeng
Theology as Liberation: For Contemporary Third World Programme.
C. G. Baeta
The Cultural Basis of Our National Development.
K. Twum Barima
The Urban-Rural Contrast in Ghana and its Implication for Development.
K. B. Dickson
Traditional Medicine in Ghana: Practice, Problems and Prospects.
Ghana, a Nation in Crisis
William Ofori Atta
Language and Nationhood: Reflections on Language Situations with Particular Reference to Ghana.
R. F. Amonoo
Science and Society in Ghana.
The Ghanaian Sphinx: Reflections on the Contemporary History of Ghana, 1972.
A. Adu Boahen
Medical Education and National Development in Africa.
E. Q. Archampong
West Africa and the Arab World: Historical and Contemporary Perspective.
J. O. Hunwick
Children’s Literature – The Ghanaian Experience.
J.O. de Graft-Hanson
The Two Cultures Revisited: Interactions of Science and Culture.
D. A. Akyeampong
The Health Issues of Human Reproduction of Our Time.
D. A. Ampofo
Linguistic Barriers to Communication in the Modern World.
L. A. Boadi
An Anatomy of Modern Ghana
J. M. Assimeng
Flexibility and Responsiveness to the Economy of Ghana.
J. H. Frimpong-Ansah
Closing the North-South Gap; a Personal Point of View.
J. K. M. Quartey
Veterinary Medicine in the Service of Mankind.
E. N. W. Oppong
Beyond Cultures: Perceiving a Common Humanity.
Education in Ghana: A Tool for Social Mobility or Social Stratification.
Technology for Development.
Reflections on the Constitution, Law and Development.
Nana S. K. B. Asante
Training the Next Generation of Scientists.
Marian E. Addy
Religion, Culture and Language: An Appreciation of the Intellectual Legacy of Dr. J. B. Danquah.
The Origins of Disease and the Future of Our Health.
Education, Literacy and Governance: A Linguistic Inquiry into Ghana’s Burgeoning Democracy.
Ghana and the Promotion of Pan-Africanism and Regionalism.
S. K. B. Asante
On Law and Liberty in Contemporary Ghana.
S. K. Date-Bah
Genital and Urinary (GU) Disorders and Services in Ghana: The Past, Present and Future.
E. D. Yeboah
Institutional Responses to the Challenges of Nationhood and Democratic Governance in Ghana.
The Earth that Nourishes Us: Soils and Humanity.
S. K. A. Danso
Government and the Private Sector: Partners in Economic Development.
K. O. Nti
Leadership and the Ghanaian State Today: Reflections and Perspectives.
J. R. A. Ayee
Ghana’s Polarised Political Terrain.
A. B. Akosa
Human Capital and Economic Growth in Ghana
Dr. J.B. Danquah: The Great Cultured Ghanaian Scholar and Patriot
K. Donkoh Fordwor
Peace and Security: An African Christian Theological Contribution
John S. Pobee
Women in History: The Case of Ghana – Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Post-Colonial.
A. A. Perbi
Religion and Science
Dr. J.B. Danquah: Unfinished Business in Voices from Behind the Bars