One of Canada’s most prestigious lecture series welcomes an essential voice of our time to the stage. The 14th LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecturer is celebrated author Naomi Klein.
Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin fashioned Canada’s modern democratic movement. Between 1848 and 1851 they led The Great Ministry, a government built on diversity, inclusion, non-violence and a powerful commitment to the public good. The Great Ministry laid the foundations of the Canadian humanist ideal. Established by John Ralston Saul and hosted for the past decade by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, the LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture honours their legacy. The talk has been given by many prominent thinkers, including Georges Erasmus, Louise Arbour, The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Robert Lepage, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and Naheed Nenshi.
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000). She is a member of the Board of Directors for climate-action group 350.org and in 2015 was invited to speak at the Vatican to help launch Pope Francis’s historic encyclical on ecology, Laudato si’.
Naomi Klein will deliver the 14th LaFontaine-Baldwin lecture and then be joined by John Ralston Saul for a conversation.
Diversity is a reality, inclusion remains a choice. Canada has become an experiment in inclusion. 360: Inclusion starts by asking how other countries understand and experience belonging. Under what circumstances does inclusion best succeed, and how can we foster those circumstances? How do we talk about what we’re doing and build a vocabulary that is resilient enough to manage aspirations and counter apprehension? 360: Inclusion
No one wants to leave home. And yet, large-scale displacement and re-settlement is the front-page news of our time. On the east and south shores of the Mediterranean, violence and disorder are driving people towards the north. These patterns of mass movement are equally dramatic in parts of the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. There is increasing debate among those receiving refugees as to how to respond. 360: Exodus engages the ongoing crises with empathy and without judgement. What is happening on the ground? How do we reframe these crises so that we can deal with them? 360: Exodus
Art speaks its own powerful language of inclusion. To celebrate the essence of art as connection, we are partnering with Hart House and First Nations House at the University of Toronto for a special free event. 6 Degrees Presents showcases Indigenous music and performance. Headlined by the celebrated DJ crew A Tribe Called Red and emceed by renowned novelist Joseph Boyden, the night will be inclusive, joyful and welcoming to all.
Immigration is a benefit, not a cost. Prosperity and innovation are fueled, not undermined, by diversity. To some, this is self-evident. 360: Prosperity explores the economics of inclusion. How are newcomers contributing to national economies? Do our systems block or facilitate their progress and creativity? What is the relationship between becoming a citizen and the individual’s economic contributions? The immigrant/new citizen entrepreneur is little understood. Can new language and new concepts help explain the good business of diversity? 360: Prosperity
Over lunch in Baillie Court at the AGO, 6 Degrees features two dynamic leaders in a fundraiser to help support our youth programs. David McKay, President and CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada, and Kweku Mandela, co-founder of the Africa Rising Foundation, each share their thoughts on an aspect of inclusion. Event partner: LiUNA!