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Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship

Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her novels include The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace, both of which were recently serialized for streaming; The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000; Oryx and Crake, which was nominated for the Giller and Booker prizes; The Year of the Flood; the MaddAddam Trilogy; The Heart Goes Last; and Hag-Seed, a novel revisiting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Her most recent collection of poetry is The Door. Her non-fiction works include Survival; Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth; and A Writer on Writing. Her most recent graphic series is Angel Catbird.

She has served in various capacities with several organizations, including PEN International and BirdLife International. In 2017, she was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, and PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She continues to be surprised by human behaviour, both noble and not.

 

Margaret Atwood
Award-winning author, poet, and essayist


Author and laureate of the 2018 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship

16th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture

Sue Gardner
Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner’s work is motivated by the desire to ensure that everybody in the world has access to the information they want and need, so they are equipped to make the best possible decisions about their lives. She spent the first decade of her career as a journalist, working in radio, TV, print, and online. In 2003, she became head of cbc.ca, the website of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2007, Gardner became executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia. Today she serves as an adviser or board member for a variety of non-profit, grant-making, and policy organizations working on issues related to technology, media, gender and digital freedoms.

Gardner has an honorary doctorate of laws from Ryerson University, was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the world’s 70th most powerful woman, was the inaugural recipient of the Knight Innovation Award, received the Cultural Humanist of the Year award from the Harvard Humanist Association and is a proud recipient of the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness for Defending Internet Freedom.

 

Sue Gardner
Digital consultant, former Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation

Speakers

Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her novels include The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace, both of which were recently serialized for streaming; The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000; Oryx and Crake, which was nominated for the Giller and Booker prizes; The Year of the Flood; the MaddAddam Trilogy; The Heart Goes Last; and Hag-Seed, a novel revisiting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Her most recent collection of poetry is The Door. Her non-fiction works include Survival; Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth; and A Writer on Writing. Her most recent graphic series is Angel Catbird.

She has served in various capacities with several organizations, including PEN International and BirdLife International. In 2017, she was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, and PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She continues to be surprised by human behaviour, both noble and not.

 

Margaret Atwood
Award-winning author, poet, and essayist
Renata Avila
Renata Avila

Renata Avila is a Guatemalan international human rights lawyer and digital rights advocate. In her practice, she has represented Indigenous victims of genocide and other human rights abuses, including the prominent Indigenous leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum, as well as others such as award-winning journalist Julian Assange and Wikileaks.  As part of her long-standing advocacy work in the field of Internet and human rights, from 2013 to 2015, she co-led a global campaign to uphold human rights in more than 75 countries with World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Avila sits on the board of Creative Commons, is a trustee of the Courage Foundation (an organization assisting whistleblowers at risk) and is on the Coordinating Collective of DiEM25, a movement to democratize Europe. She is currently writing a book on digital colonialism.

Renata Avila
Director, Ciudadano Inteligente (Smart Citizen Foundation)
Yiannis Boutaris
Yiannis Boutaris

Biography coming soon.

Yiannis Boutaris
Mayor of Thessaloniki, Greece
Amanda Brugel
Amanda Brugel

Originally from Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Amanda Brugel made her film debut alongside Christopher Walken in Vendetta. In 2014, Brugel won the “Outstanding Performance Female” Actra Award for the indie comedy Sex After Kids. Immediately following, Brugel broke onto the international stage with her role in the Academy Award–winning feature Room.

Brugel has starred in a variety of comedic and dramatic series including Seed, Covert Affairs, and Orphan Black, for which Brugel won the Black Canadian Award for Best Actress. Her infinite number of Guest Star appearances include Dark Matter, The Firm, and Flashpoint. Since 2016, Brugel has dominated television screens with supporting roles in the CBC’s hit comedy Kim’s Convenience, the GLAAD Award–winning drama Eyewitness, and Emmy- and Golden Globe–winner The Handmaid’s Tale. In 2017, Brugel joined the cast of Catherine Reitman’s Workin’ Moms. Most recently, Brugel was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award while filming the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Brugel has previously spoken about her lifelong connection to Margaret Atwood and to The Handmaid’s Tale specifically. Her essay on The Handmaid’s Tale, submitted as part of her university application, garnered her a full scholarship. About Atwood, she says: “She’s my Michelle Obama. She’s one of the biggest icons in my life.”

Amanda Brugel
Actor
The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson
The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson

The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson arrived in Canada from Hong Kong as a refugee in 1942 and made the astonishing journey from a penniless child to accomplished broadcaster, journalist, and distinguished public servant in a multi-faceted lifetime.

During Madame Clarkson’s mandate as Governor General, her energy, enthusiasm, and passion left an indelible mark on Canada’s history. A leading figure in Canada’s cultural life, she is the bestselling author of the 2014 CBC Massey Lecture Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship; Room for All of Us: Surprising Stories of Loss and Transformation; Heart Matters: A Memoir; and a biography of Dr. Norman Bethune.

Madame Clarkson has received numerous prestigious awards and honorary degrees in Canada and abroad. A Privy Councillor and Companion of the Order of Canada, she lives in Toronto.

The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson
26th Governor General of Canada & Co-founder and Co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship
Max FineDay
Max FineDay

Max FineDay is a nêhiyaw activist from the Sweetgrass First Nation in Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatchewan. He heads the Canadian Roots Exchange, a leader in delivering programs that promote respect, understanding and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across Canada.

In his spare time, FineDay is an adviser to the president of the Economic Club of Canada and to the Laidlaw Foundation, and was appointed by the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs to help establish the National Council for Reconciliation. He is based in Toronto.

Max FineDay
Executive Director of Canadian Roots Exchange, and Indigenous activist
Sue Gardner
Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner’s work is motivated by the desire to ensure that everybody in the world has access to the information they want and need, so they are equipped to make the best possible decisions about their lives. She spent the first decade of her career as a journalist, working in radio, TV, print, and online. In 2003, she became head of cbc.ca, the website of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2007, Gardner became executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia. Today she serves as an adviser or board member for a variety of non-profit, grant-making, and policy organizations working on issues related to technology, media, gender and digital freedoms.

Gardner has an honorary doctorate of laws from Ryerson University, was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the world’s 70th most powerful woman, was the inaugural recipient of the Knight Innovation Award, received the Cultural Humanist of the Year award from the Harvard Humanist Association and is a proud recipient of the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness for Defending Internet Freedom.

 

Sue Gardner
Digital consultant, former Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation
Emmanuel Jal
Emmanuel Jal

From his start in life as a child soldier in Southern Sudan in the early 1980s, Emmanuel Jal has come through a huge number of struggles during his life to become a successful and acclaimed recording artist and peace ambassador.

In 2008, a full-length documentary, War Child, on his life was released. In the same year, his autobiography, also titled War Child, was published.

Emmanuel has released several award-nominated studio albums. His live appearances have included Live 8, Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Tribute, and the One World Concert for his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In 2010, Jal released We Want Peace, part of a wider campaign of the same name that called for peace, protection and justice for all of Sudan, as well as calling for an end to all conflicts that affect innocent people around the world.

For his outstanding commitment to peace building, Jal has been awarded the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent, Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Award, UNESCO’s Hero of the Global Campaign against Violent Extremism, the Hunt Institute’s Humanitarian Award, the Dresden Peace Prize, and the Common Ground Award among others.

Emmanuel’s greatest passion is his charity, Gua Africa, which supports those affected by war and poverty from South Sudan. The charity trains and educates South Sudanese refugees to become professionals in medicine, law, and education.

Emmanuel Jal
Musician, actor, peace advocate
Abdul-Rehman Malik
Abdul-Rehman Malik

An award-winning London-based journalist, educator, and organizer, Abdul-Rehman Malik is the programs manager for the Radical Middle Way, which offers powerful, faith-inspired guidance and tools to enable change, promote social justice for all, and combat exclusion and violence. His work has spanned the U.K., Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, Mali, Morocco, Singapore, Canada, and Malaysia. In January 2015, he became director of the Insight Film Festival, a unique year-round festival that celebrates the intersection between faith and film. In 2017, he was a Yale Greenberg World Fellow.

Malik is a regular contributor to BBC Radio, hosting Pause for Thought—contemporary perspectives on spirituality—on BBC Radio 2 and presenting documentaries and programs for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. His recent documentary work includes The Muhammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee and Finding Allah at 33rpm.

A trustee of the Sandford St Martin Trust, which promotes excellence in broadcasting about religion, Malik has a keen interest in harnessing cultural production for social change. In addition to providing content guidance to a variety of cultural and literary institutions, he is currently working with colleagues from around the world to establish a global network of Muslim cultural leaders committed to building cultural capital and supporting cutting-edge artistic production.

Abdul-Rehman Malik
Postgraduate Associate at Yale University, Program Manager at Radical Middle Way
Alexis McGill Johnson
Alexis McGill Johnson

Alexis is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Perception Institute, a consortium of social science researchers, law professors, and culture makers focused on the role of the mind sciences in developing interventions to address issues of bias and discrimination in workplaces and other key domains. She has co-designed and authored original research in the mind sciences, and regularly delivers presentations and facilitates workshops in the private and public sector on the role of implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat. Alexis has led in the design of diversity and inclusion strategies for national organizations, and developed empirical metrics to determine efficacy. Currently, Alexis is a board member and former board chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Previously, she has served on the boards of the New York Civil Liberties Union. She is a founder of the Culture Group as well as a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and elsewhere in the press. During the 2004 election cycle, she served as Executive Director of Citizen Change. She holds degrees from Princeton and Yale universities, and has taught political science at both Yale and Wesleyan universities.

Alexis McGill Johnson
Executive Director, Perception Institute
Yascha Mounk
Yascha Mounk

Yascha Mounk is a lecturer on government at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America and an Executive Director at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. He is also a weekly columnist for Slate, a monthly columnist for CNN, a regular contributor to Die Zeit, and the host of The Good Fight podcast. His latest book, The People vs. Democracy, was published earlier this year by Harvard University Press and has been translated into six languages.

Yascha Mounk
Executive Director of Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, author of The People vs. Democracy
Giusi Nicolini
Giusi Nicolini

Giusi Nicolini was mayor of Lampedusa e Linosa, Italy from 2012 to 2017. During her mayoralty, she garnered international praise for her defence of refugee rights.

Lampedusa has been a primary European point of entry for immigrants and refugees for almost two decades. Nicolini sought to mobilize her fellow Lampedusanos to welcome and shelter them, while lobbying Italian and European authorities for assistance and support.

For her efforts, Nicolini received the Simone de Beauvoir Prize, the Olof Palme Prize, and the Council of Europe’s North-South Prize in 2016. In 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) presented her with the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize.

Giusi Nicolini
Former Mayor of Lampedusa e Linosa, Italy
Ijeoma Oluo
Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and “Internet yeller.”

Her work on social issues such as race and gender has been published in The Guardian, The Stranger, Washington Post, ELLE Magazine, NBC News, and more. She has been the Editor-at-Large at The Establishment since 2015. Her New York Times–bestselling first book, So You Want to Talk About Race, was released in January 2018.

Oluo was named one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met and one of The Root‘s 100 Most Influential Americans in 2017, and is the recipient of the Feminist Humanist Award 2017 by the American Humanist Association.

Ijeoma Oluo
Author and speaker
john a. powell
john a. powell

john a. powell is Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was previously the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. Prior to that, he founded and directed the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. He was formerly the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is a co-founder of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and serves on the boards of several national and international organizations. john led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to education, health, health care, and employment, and is well-known for his work developing the frameworks of “targeted universalism” and “othering and belonging” to affect equity-based interventions. john has taught at numerous law schools, including at Harvard and Columbia universities. He is the author of Racing to Justice: Transforming our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.

john a. powell
Director of Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley
Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.

Her most recent book, Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, has been released in 18 languages. Her other books, translated into over 20 languages, include Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages; A Sociology of Globalization; the 4th edition of Cities in a World EconomyThe Global City; and Guests and Aliens (New Press 1999).

She has received numerous awards and mentions, including multiple honorary doctorates, and the Prince of Asturias 2013 Prize in the Social Sciences. Sassen is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Saskia Sassen
Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
John Ralston Saul
John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul proposes a new humanism through what he calls responsible individualism. His 14 works have been translated into 29 languages in 38 countries. His philosophical trilogy and its conclusion — Voltaire’s Bastards, The Doubter’s Companion, The Unconscious Civilization and On Equilibrium: Six Qualities of the New Humanism — has impacted political thought in many countries. In A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada, he argues that modern Canada is profoundly shaped by Indigenous ideas. He is general editor of the Extraordinary Canadians biographical series and contributed his own biography of Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin. The Comeback, his latest release, explores how Indigenous peoples are empowering themselves for a grand return to a position of power and influence.

Saul is President Emeritus of PEN International, and founder and honorary chair of French for the Future. He also founded the LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario and a Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (an Order of France). His many literary awards include Chile’s Pablo Neruda International Presidential Medal of Honour, the Governor General’s Award and the inaugural Gutenberg Galaxy Award.

John Ralston Saul
Award-winning essayist and novelist & Co-founder and Co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship
Nadia Setti
Nadia Setti

Nadia Setti’s fields of research include women, literature, feminisms, questions of reading and writing on sexual difference, transnational literature, and migrant and postcolonial narrations and esthetics. Her main publications are about comparative literature, gender theory, philosophy, and writing and difference, migrant and postcolonial literature, and contemporary Italian literature. Select publications include Passions Lectrices (Reader Passions), “Migrants’ Art and Writings: Figures of Precarious Hospitality” in Vol. 16, Issue 4 of the European Journal of Women’s Studies, and “Le genre : une catégorie utile pour étudier la littérature ?” (Gender: A useful category for studying literature?) in Le genre, effet de mode ou concept pertinent ?

Nadia Setti
Professor of Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at The Center for Women's and Gender Studies, University of Paris 8
Jesse Wente
Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente is one of Canada’s most prominent and recognizable Indigenous voices.

In January 2018, he was named the first director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office. He has been a columnist covering film and culture on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning for more than 20 years and is also culture columnist for CBC Radio’s Unreserved.

He has programmed film festivals, including Reel World, ImagineNative, and the Toronto International Film Festival. Jesse has curated retrospectives on Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Mann, and Kelly Reichardt. In 2012, Wente curated the world’s largest retrospective of Indigenous films, titled First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Traditionand its accompanying gallery exhibition, Home on Native Land. He is currently producing his first film, a screen adaptation of Thomas King’s best-selling book, The Inconvenient Indian, and has signed a book deal with Penguin Random House Canada to write a memoir exploring his family’s history, including their experience with residential schools and its impact on his life growing up in a large city.

An outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit art, he has spoken at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Canadian Arts Summit, Canadian Media Producers Association’s Prime Time, and numerous universities and colleges.

Wente currently serves on the board of directors for both the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Jesse Wente
Ojibwe broadcaster, advocate, and pop culture philosopher

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