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The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World

  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 ten centuries before Christ. In

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The Complexities of Multiculturalism

The Complexities of Multiculturalism, understanding Unity in Diversity, Extremism, Policing, Individual Responsibilities and Collective Security. Our new series starting November 28th with the Province Newspaper, 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,

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The Comeback: Lecture and Panel Discussion

  Presented by the Laurier Institution and UBC Continuing Studies in partnership with UBC First Nations House of Learning and the Vancouver Writers Fest. 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

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The Global Eco-Crisis: Diversity, Resilience and Adaptability

2014 Milton K. Wong Lecture Series by David Suzuki Humans emerged in Africa 150,000 years ago when the plains were filled with animals in variety and abundance beyond anything we know today. As we moved into new territory, with simple tools like spears and stone axes, we were able to capture animals

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Human Rights and Today’s Aboriginal Children and Youth

2013 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture Series. In the 2013 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond covered a range of topics including a description of living conditions and statistics on Aboriginal children in BC, and how we might go about addressing these unacceptable statistics. She will discuss recent work of the Representative’s

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How Racist Are We?

2013 Community Dialogue 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

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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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