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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

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Multiculturalism: Does It Actually Exist?

Milton K. Wong Lecture  Karim H. Karim is the Director of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. His book, Islamic Peril: Media and Global Violence has been critically acclaimed and won the inaugural Robinson Book Prize of the Canadian Communication Association. Dr. Karim has published numerous articles, including Nation and Diaspora: Rethinking

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Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Aboriginal Rights

2012 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture Series. We were very proud to present 2012 lecturer Mr. Bob Watts who led the process, with support from across Canada and internationally to establish Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is examining and will make recommendations regarding the Indian Residential School era and its legacy. Bob

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What’s Wrong with Multiculturalism, a European Perspective

2012 Multiculturalism Series On June 3, 2012, Kenan Malik gave a very engaging and thought-provoking lecture at UBC that pulled together many of the themes he has been writing about recently including immigration, identity, diversity and multiculturalism. The lecture was broadcast in full on Friday, June 22 at 9 pm (9:30 NT)

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The Three Lives of Multiculturalism

The Three Lives of Multiculturalism was delivered by guest speaker Dr. Will Kymlicka, Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s University, and a visiting professor in the Nationalism Studies program at the Central European University in Budapest. Dr. Kymlicka was introduced by UBC President, Professor Stephen Toope. Awarded the Macpherson Prize

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Multiculturalism: The Missing Conversation

Milton K. Wong Lecture The award-winning Canadian author and social commentator, John Ralston Saul, delivered the 2009 annual UBC – Laurier Institution Multiculturalism Lecture. His topic, based on work in his latest book, A Fair County: Telling Truths About Canada, was “The Aboriginal Peoples and New Canadians: The Missing Conversation”. In A

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How the West Can Support Human Rights in Other Parts of the World

2011 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture Series Afghan physician Sima Samar (born 1957) has been internationally recognized for her human rights activism, especially on behalf of Afghan women, when she was appointed one of five deputy prime ministers in Afghanistan’s new government in December of 2001. The appointment as women’s affairs minister was

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Cute Cats and the Arab Spring

2011 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture Series The Laurier Institution was proud to present 2011 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture, in partnership with Yahoo!, UBC Continuing Studies and CBC. We were happy to welcome Ethan Zuckerman whose lecture was titled “Cute Cats and the Arab Spring: when social media meet social change”. THE THEME

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