On Civil Society

With a new lineup of in-person and online programs, and new ways to get involved, our On Civil Society series pushes boundaries and explores our differences. Our programs take you deeper into the issues affecting our world today and encourage audiences to take part in conversations where they can expect to challenge their own perspectives and learn from one another through civil discourse.

Conversations this season focus on local, national and international issues and perspectives featuring leading experts and thinkers from all over the world on the most critical topics of our time.

Join us for online On Civil Society programs on the TPL Culture channel on Crowdcast and in-person events at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon.

What's at Stake text

What’s at stake when intellectual freedom is threatened?

Our new year-long series invites you to challenge your perspectives, engage with new ideas and join the conversation. Attend upcoming events and engage in our civil forums and installations.

Looking for more of our program series?

Salon Series | Black History | Asian Heritage | Indigenous Celebrations

How to Get Involved

Built into many of our events are opportunities for you to engage with our guests, topics, each other and organizations around the world.

Learn from some of Toronto's most important organizations who are working to protect our water, air, land and animals. Check out events with linked Field Trips that will give you the opportunity to participate and engage with other Torontonians who want to get involved in issues that matter.

Civil Forum

Past Civil Forums

Reading List


Enjoy conversations that explore democracy, civic engagement and the exchange of ideas.


Check out Live & Online events from our On Civil Society series and watch replays of past events you may have missed on the TPL Culture channel on Crowdcast, including these featured programs you can enjoy on-demand:

You can also explore our On Civil Society YouTube playlist.

Watch replays of past programs in our Climate series

Watch replays of past programs in our Democracy series


Listen to these featured episodes, and discover more captivating conversations and archived recordings on our Live Mic and Writers Off the Page podcast series.