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Icon of the event Great Books:  Euripedes - Medea
Fri May 22, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Euripedes, who Aristotle called 'the most tragic' of the Greek tragedians, gives us in Medea, one of literature's most vivid psychological portraits of woman scorned. This lecture highlights the playwright' social critique, ...

Icon of the event Can the Arctic Council survive?
Tue May 05, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Arctic Council was created in 1996 in the aftermath of the Cold War and when barriers dividing the Arctic nations had fallen down. Since its creation, the Council has had many successes and the United States, originally i...

Icon of the event Do Canada and the United States have striking resemblances?
Tue Apr 28, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Much has been said about American exceptionalism -- the idea that the...

Icon of the event Lori Lansens
Tue Apr 21, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Five days. Four hikers. Three survivors. The bestselling author of Rush Home Road and The Girls on her new novel, The Mountain Story....

Icon of the event Homelessness in Canada
Sun Apr 19, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Stephen Gaetz discusses the situation of homelessness in Canada. Drawing from leading research, he explores the causes and conditions of homelessness in Canada, beginning with the rise of mass homelessness in the 1980s and 9...

Icon of the event THE SECOND:  A Novel about Spirituality, Religion, and Politics by Alan J Cooper
Tue Apr 14, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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A half-century ago, when baby boomers reached their teens, there began a giant drop in traditional church attendance. At the same time, there came to grow a spiritual hunger as manifested in ecological awareness, human rights...

Icon of the event Fixing our broken food system
Tue Apr 07, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Our food system is not working properly. Diet-related illnesses are on the rise. Many farmers are going broke. Water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture keep increasing. In part II of this serie...

Icon of the event An afternoon with three Chicago poets in Toronto
Tue Mar 24, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Peter O'Leary, John Tipton and Michael Autrey are contemporary poets, all resident in Chicago. Not necessarily traditional, all are committed to the poetic tradition, notably to the example of the Modernists. Each poet will r...

Icon of the event Kazuo Ishiguro
Tue Mar 17, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Kazuo Ishiguro, the critically acclaimed author of...

Icon of the event Can We Draw A Line in the Tar Sands?
Tue Mar 17, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Drawing on the recent book A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice this talk will explore how Tar sands "development" comes with enormous environmental and human costs. Co-editor Stephen D'arcy will share...