According to my dictionary both of them mean "lecture".
But is there any difference between them in nuance?

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講義 is a lecture in the sense of academia. Your college classes, etc. are 講義.

講演 is more generally the act of speaking before an audience on a certain topic, or even just a speech or an address. Note the difference in kanji. This one uses the more theatrical sense of 演 from 演じる, 演劇, 演技 etc. whereas 講義 uses the more cerebral, scholarly 義.

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