Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Venue for upcoming lecture series

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It’s been years in the making, and soon it will become a reality. An original lecture series – the result of combined efforts from a number of organizations – will kick off on Monday, September 16th, 2013.

The University of Manitoba’s Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) have worked together on the eight-part lecture series – Fragile Freedoms: the Global Struggle for Human Rights. The idea for the series was sparked by Professor Arthur Schafer, Director, Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics.

It will be the first public educational programme held at the still-under-construction Museum. While it is not the first lecture series hosted by CMHR, it is certainly the first that will be held onsite. 

The Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics has taken the lead on selecting and securing speakers; the CMHR is acting as venue host, and CBC Radio will broadcast the lectures nationally and internationally, as part of its Ideas programme.  

The first distinguished author and scholar featured in this powerful series will be A. C. Grayling. His credentials are considerable. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He has written and edited over 30 books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are The Good Book, Ideas That Matter, Liberty in the Age of Terror and To Set Prometheus Free. His book Towards the Light offers an overview of the struggles for liberty and rights that made the modern West.

Grayling is the first of eight human rights thinkers who will be making the trip to Winnipeg between September 2013 and May 2014 to participate in this important series. See bellow the full list of speakers.

Lecture Series program

The aim of the Museum is to foster an appreciation of human rights, spur informed dialogue, and invite visitors to identify the contemporary relevance of human rights events of yesterday and today. It is a place where people can truly feel that they have a direct stake in helping to protect and advance human rights. Through cultural events such as this, the University and the Museum are taking action to position Winnipeg as a world-leading centre of debate, discussion and new ideas focused on human rights. The Museum is scheduled to open in 2014.

Event details can be found at fragilefreedoms.com.

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