Chan Centre hosts moral/ethical/intellectual heavyweights

For those who are looking for the best that Canada has to offer, check out upcoming talks at the Chan Centre.

On Sunday November 4th at 8pm, Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire will speak to an inevitably packed house. The Chan Centre describes him thus:

A true hero and an outspoken leader for the 21st century, Roméo Dallaire is a decorated Lieutenant General who served 35 years with the Canadian Armed Forces.
His best-selling book, Shake Hands with the Devil—recently released as a feature film—is a stirring account of his experience as the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Rwanda, which exposes the failures of the international community to stop one of the worst genocides of the 20th century.

On Sunday November 25th at 8pm Stephen Lewis (one of my personal heroes) and Michele Landsberg will get you all fired up about social justice issues both here and abroad. The Chan summary:

The former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis is one of Canada’s most celebrated humanitarians. His list of awards and achievements is truly staggering: 24 honorary degrees, a Companion of the Order of Canada, Maclean’s 2003 Canadian of the Year, a renowned scholar, founder of the Stephen Lewis Foundation…and that’s only scratched the surface.

Known as one of Canada’s most tireless and effective social justice activists, Michele Landsberg is a highly respected journalist and speaker. A recipient of a YWCA Women of Distinction Award and two National Newspaper Awards during her time at the Toronto Star, she discusses issues that others shy away from or ignore, including the plight of women in developing countries and race and gender equality here at home

Tickets are $42 through Ticketmaster, with student discounts available.

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A wildly interdisciplinary path has led Sarah to pursue her PhD through UBC's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. She gets riled about climate change, development, and equity issues, and any reference to P_ris Hi_ton. In her spare time, she cares for her rabbit (Stew) and composes self-congratulatory bios. (Sarah's intro post can be found here)

5 Responses to “Chan Centre hosts moral/ethical/intellectual heavyweights”

  1. Melissa

    sorry, but 42$ is ridiculously expensive.
    I hope the student discounts are good…

  2. cam

    For students, it’s $24. Still not the cheapest, but Stephen Lewis is pretty awesome.

  3. $24canbuymealotofgroceries

    I’m with Melissa. Even with the discount that seems like a fair chunk of change (as great as Mr. Lewis is). Isn’t this an AMS thing as well?

  4. Melissa

    eh, 24 is not bad. i’d do 24.
    but stephen lewis did a free talk last year. sooooooooooo…i’m thinking I wouldn’t pay 24 for a talk the same talk he probably gave last year.

    i feel like “Millenium Development Goals” will be thrown about somewhere in that speech and to be honest, the world is doing nothing about that. Just one of those things people say but don’t follow through on.

    Does anyone want to speak towards the MDGs? I just attended a faculty meeting where the UN-rep was making a big deal about it. Maybe I’m just not in “the know” enough but MDGs are such a policy-laden initiative and *I* personally feel so far removed from being able to do anything about it. It’s gotta be institutional. And when me, the citizen, tries to get institutional change by writing letters to local government I get zero reply. Granted I was a tad scathing, but scathing or not, I should at least have gotten one of those generic “I care about your concerns and will reply later”.

    At least PRETEND like you care. IF a politician can’t do that what is he/she good for>?

  5. sandra kessler

    Hello, I am wondering if I can get a copy of the last speech that Stephen Lewis gave at the University in Kelowna.

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