2014 Community Dialogue Series

province-sfu-crr-npThe Complexities of Multiculturalism, understanding Unity in Diversity, Extremism, Policing ; Individual Responsibilities and Collective Security.

Our new series starting November 28th with the Province Newspaper and the National Post, in partnership with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and SFU.

Venue: Simon Fraser University Surrey Campus, 13450 – 102 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Westminster Theatre, Podium 2 level,

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014

Time: Plan to be there by 6:00pm to 6:30pm.  Forum starts at 7:00pm.  Seating capacity is 200.  Admission is free, and on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Plan to be there early, as it’s shaping up to be a popular event.

Topic: The complexities of multiculturalism, citizens’ responsibilities, and community safety and security.

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john_ralston_saul_3992014 Laurier Dialogue Series:

The Comeback: Lecture and Panel Discussion by John Ralston Saul

Aboriginal peoples of Canada have been making a remarkable comeback from a terrifyingly low point of population, legal respect, and stability.This is a comeback to a position of power, influence, and creativity in Canadian civilization. In his latest book, The Comeback, and in this lecture John Ralston Saul argues that historic moments are always uncomfortable.

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payam_akhavan_homepage2014 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture:

Building a World on Empathy by Payam Akhavan PhD.

Payam Akhavan is Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, UK. He was previously a UN prosecutor at The Hague and also appeared in leading cases before the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court.

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Laurier Dialogue Series

ujal_dosanjh_200How Racist Are We? 2013 Community Dialoge Series

The Laurier Institution was very proud to present a panel presentation and discussion in partnership with the Province newspaper following its series called Racism in Paradise. The forum addressed: “How racist are we? And how do we move past it?” Ujjal Dosanjh moderated the panel to discuss the issues at a public forum. Read more:

Milton K. Wong Lecture

The Milton K. Wong lecture and website promote dialogue and debate on topics related to multiculturalism, cultural diversity and pluralism. more.

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Milton K. Wong Lecture Series


The Global Eco-crisis: Diversity, Resilience and Adaptability

2014 Milton K. Wong Lecture Series by David Suzuki Date: May 14th, 2014 Time: 6:00 pm doors open, 7:00 pm lecture starts. Location: UBC Chan Center Presented by The Laurier Institution, UBC Continuing Studies and CBC Radio One Humans emerged in Africa 150,000 years ago when the plains were filled with animals in variety and abundance…

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Jean Bethke Elshtain

Is democracy as we know it in danger?

In the 2013 Milton K. Wong Lecture, one of America’s leading political philosophers and public intellectuals revisits the case she made 20 years ago in her 1993 Massey Lectures, Democracy on Trial. In Democracy on Trial Revisited, Professor Jean Bethke Elshtain challenges us to “think of how we, in our public capacity as citizens, can…

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