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Us and Them: Diversity, Division, and a World of Difference is a five-part series featuring talks presented in South Africa, Israel, India, Germany, and Canada — all countries dealing with the realities of a diverse population. Paul Kennedy speaks with expert observers in each nation — writers, academics, and activists — as they deliver public lectures illuminating their country’s ethnic, religious, and economic tensions. The series is produced by CBC IDEAS in partnership with The Laurier Institution.

Broadcast schedule:

Monday, June 26
EYES ON THE BACKS OF OUR HEADS: Recovering a multicultural South Africa

Tuesday, June 27
THE NEW TRIBE OF ISRAEL: The immigrant underclass

Wednesday, June 28
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE STOP ASKING QUESTIONS: Why India must be secular

Thursday, June 29
FIGHTING AT THE TABLE: Conflict as successful integration

Friday, June 30
CANADA’S ORIGINAL PROMISE: Still waiting to be realized

More From "Us and Them"

Sisonke Msimang

South Africa

April 12, 2017 A Public Lecture with Sisonke Msimang

India

April 18, 2017 Rethinking Secularism

Israel

May 4, 2017 Five Tribes: Reflections on Diversity and Israeli Hope

Canada

May 23, 2017 Canada’s Original Promise – Still Waiting to be Realized

2017 DiverseCity onBoard

Effective Leadership for Modern Governance

The Vancouver-based Laurier Institution is partnering with Ryerson University to bring a national program called DiverseCity onBoard to the Metro Vancouver area. The program was developed in the Greater Toronto Area in 2008 by the Maytree Foundation and is now operated out of the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

About Laurier

The Laurier Institution was founded in 1989 by business and community leaders to advance and disseminate knowledge about the economic and social implications of Canadian diversity. The Laurier Institution is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization. Our research and educational activities are funded by membership fees, donations, sponsorships, and project-based funding.

We believe that Canada’s strength is in its unity and diversity.

2015 Our Whole Society

our-whole-society-3We invite you to join us and our distinguished speakers, moderators, and guests as we explore these and other timely questions at our second annual conference, following on “Bridging the Secular Divide: Religion and Canadian Public Discourse,” held at McGill University in 2013. “

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 started November 28th with the Province Newspaper and the National Post, in partnership with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and SFU.

If interested you can download the transcript of the lecture from the following link. Do let us know your feedback. We always welcome comments to improve our lectures and programs.

2014 Laurier Dialogue Series:

john_ralston_saul-150x150The 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.

2014 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture:

payam_akhavan1Building 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.

Laurier Dialogue Series:

ujal_dosanjh_200How Racist Are We?
2013 Community Dialoge Series

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.

Milton K. Wong Lecture

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

Milton K. Wong Lecture Series

The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World

2015 Milton K. Wong Lecture Series by Wade Davis, PhD Every culture is a unique answer to a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? Wade Davis leads on a thrilling journey to celebrate the wisdom of the world’s indigenous cultures. In Polynesia, set sail with navigators whose ancestors settled the Pacific…

The Global Eco-crisis: Diversity, Resilience and Adaptability

david_suzuki_150x1002014 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…