Join the University of Waterloo, House of Friendship, and The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation for an evening with The Right Honourable, Adrienne Clarkson, as she discusses the importance of Belonging in shaping today’s society. Expanding on her highly successful Massey Hall Lecture series and book, Belonging – The Paradox of Citizenship, Mme. Clarkson’s lecture will be followed by a question and answer period.
Several local organizations, including The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (The KWCF), House of Friendship and the University of Waterloo, have been focusing their work on Belonging. The KWCF first began its exploration of what it means to Belong in Waterloo Region with the release of the Belonging Report in May of 2014. The House of Friendship officially adopted Belonging as part of its Vision in 2012. The University of Waterloo is working to ensure that students have a strong sense of Belonging to their community, and that local residents feel that they are connected to the resources of the University.
Clarkson masterfully chronicles the evolution of citizenship throughout the ages from Aristotle and the Greeks to the present day. In her provocative essays, she explains why we can be both part of Canada as a country, and part of every other person who shares our land, our values and our history.
– CBC Radio
This event is free, accessible and open to the public.
Copies of Mme. Clarkson’s book, Belonging – The Paradox of Citizenship, will be available for purchase before and following the lecture.
Doors Open | 5:30 p.m.
Lecture | 6:15 p.m.
Book Signing | 7:30 p.m.
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
Best Selling Author
Canada’s 26th Governor General
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson was Canada’s 26th Governor General from 1999-2005. Madame Clarkson is universally acknowledged to have transformed the office during her six years at Rideau Hall and to have left an indelible mark on Canada’s history.
She is the bestselling author of the 2014 CBC Massey Lectures Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship, Heart Matters: A Memoir, Room for All of Us: Surprising Stories of Loss and Transformation, and a biography of Dr. Norman Bethune.
She has made the astonishing journey from a penniless child refugee to an accomplished broadcaster and distinguished public servant in a multi-faceted lifetime and has received numerous prestigious awards and honorary degrees in Canada and abroad. In 2005, Madame Clarkson co-founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship to help new citizens in Canada integrate into Canadian life. In 2006, she established the Clarkson Cup, the championship trophy for Women’s Hockey. Since 2007, she has been the Colonel-in-Chief of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. A Privy Councillor and Companion of the Order of Canada, she lives in Toronto.