Centennial Dialogue Series (Event 3 of 4): Opportunity Lost? A Call To Global Action in the Age of Trump
In an era of rising populism, cynicism and challenges to the post-war institutions of the West, what’s a good global citizen to do?
The inimitable Stephen Lewis, celebrated human rights activist, former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, explores this question in the third event of Hart House’s Centennial Dialogue Series.
This event reimagines a Hart House debate held in 1957 and featuring then U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy as guest speaker, and a 20-year old Stephen Lewis as one of the students debating the resolution “This House Believes the United States has Failed in its Responsibility as a World Leader.”
In the dialogue, Stephen Lewis returns as a celebrated and inspired speaker. Following his keynote, there will be a moderated conversation between Mr. Lewis and three U of T students and young alumni exploring their perspectives on international engagement and change-making. What does it take to engage? To work collectively to tackle the most pressing and difficult issues of our time—issues like the climate crisis, economic and social justice, global human rights and disarmament—issues that transcend borders and require cooperation?
Don’t miss this essential night of ideas, sharing and listening.
Special guests include:
- Opening Remarks: Michele Landsberg
- Keynote Speaker: Stephen Lewis
- Moderator: Shelagh Rogers
- Other special guests:
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Hart House has a long history of facilitating future-thinking conversations that in themselves became historic occasions. As part of our 100th Anniversary events, from May 2019 through May 2020, Hart House will host a Centennial Dialogue Series consisting of four (4)special events – each featuring a reimagining of one of the most significant debates from the past century. Set in Hart House’s Great Hall, this series will highlight topics that are still essential today – presented with contemporary participants, different formats, and new questions asked. We know this series of public discussions will prove to be as provocative and timeless as their predecessors. Not to be missed, come and see the power of conversation at work in Hart House’s 100th Anniversary Centennial Dialogue Series.View the entire Hart House Centennial Dialogue Series