The St. James Literary Society was founded in Montreal in 1898 and as such, is one of the oldest learned societies in North America. It is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, non-political organization that provides a forum for the free exchange of viewpoints amongst its members and the general public.
Topics presented and questions debated over the years have included subjects in the areas of literature, art, economics, commerce, education, philosophy, sports, science, politics, religion, law, music, medicine, history and travel.
Over the past century, the Society has had the honour of being addressed by those who were pre-eminent leaders in their respective areas of expertise. Our motto, Permitte Lucem, i.e. spread the light, has always been understood to extend to those beyond its own membership.