Events - May 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012 — 12:15 PM to 1:20 PM EDT

New tools for understanding a turbulent world: Complexity theory and the social sciences

Thursday, May 31, 2012 — 7:45 AM to 8:55 AM EDT

Death of the liberal class

According to Chris Hedges, liberal institutions are to blame for the downward spiral of the American political system. In his Big Thinking lecture at Congress 2012, he argues that the liberal class—the press, universities, liberal religious institutions, labour unions and the Democratic Party—have forsaken their core values and sold out to corporate interests.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 — 12:15 PM to 1:20 PM EDT

Social Literacy and Social Justice in Times of Crisis

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 — 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Macrowikinomics: Social Sciences and Social Change in the Age of Social Media

The current global economic crisis is not just cyclical, but rather symptomatic of a deeper secular change. There is growing evidence that we need to rethink and rebuild many of the organizations and institutions that have served us well for decades, but now have come to the end of their life cycle. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 — 12:15 PM to 1:20 PM EDT

Bedtime Stories

When Survival hit the stands forty years ago, Margaret Atwood was already a literary success. But it quickly became a game-changing book, in which she set out to define what is ‘Canadian’ about Canadian literature at a time when our country’s literary scene was still finding its ground. For this Big Thinking lecture Margaret Atwood will talk about the writing of Survival and will explore story as a key characteristic of human beings and code to cultures, including ours.

Monday, May 28, 2012 — 9:30 AM to 11:10 AM EDT

Professor as citizen

Monday, May 28, 2012 — 7:45 AM to 8:55 AM EDT

Intertextuality or Easter egg hunt: A Canadian writer's adventures in the library

Sunday, May 27, 2012 — 12:15 PM to 1:20 PM EDT

Toward a Sustainable Humanities: Reconceptualizing Doctoral Education for the 21st Century

Saturday, May 26, 2012 — 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

Democratizing Knowledge: The Key to Progress

Addressing today’s complex, global issues effectively and equitably are well beyond the purview of any one discipline, sector or country. Working collaboratively and sharing the best knowledge available is the most effective strategy if true social innovation—that which affects behaviour and improves quality of life—is to be realized for the benefit of all citizens.
 

Saturday, May 26, 2012 — 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM EDT

A long journey.

For this Big Thinking event author Kim Thúy will share her life’s journey, fleeing Vietnam as a young refugee with her family and eventually making Canada her home. Her tale is captured in her autobiographical, award-winning book Ru, which has made waves in her home province of Quebec and has recently been released in English Canada. In speaking about her novel, Thúy will explore the impact that war has on families, the role of memory in her story and the privilege of history.

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