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Fragile Freedoms Lecture Series: Second to Last Speaker

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Time flies sometimes. Indeed, we are almost at the end of the Fragile Freedoms Lecture Series. Seven months in, lectures have been really popular:

  • More than 1500 people attended and heard lecturers speak about human rights.
  • Five of the conferences were held in the Museum, one happened at Manitoba Theatre Centre Warehouse and two are to come.

There is obviously much interest in this lecture series. We have noticed that local audiences are thirsty for talks of this type, which deal with various topics related to human rights.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) was delighted to be the venue of choice for this project. The lecture series has made it possible for great thinkers to share their experiences and their perspectives on a range of human rights related topics and hear people’s opinions and engage in discussions with them. The series has also fulfilled one of the Museum’s objectives, which is to encourage dialogue and reflection on human rights. Less than six months before the CMHR’s official opening, this series is already a great success for the Museum, the University of Manitoba and CBC radio.

The upcoming lecture, to be held at the Museum on April 10, at 7:30 pm, will be given by the renowned Steven Pinker.

Portrait of Steven Pinker

Photo: Max Gerber

Dr. Pinker is one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind and human nature. Currently Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Pinker has also taught at Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the American Psychology Association. His book The Better Angels of our Nature is an international best-seller. Tickets for this lecture are sold out but Steven Pinker’s talk will be also broadcast on the CBC’s Ideas radio program, on May 2, 2014.

For more information on the series, visit: fragilefreedoms.com.

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