Fragile Freedoms: The Lecture Series Starts Again

Friday, January 17, 2014

Please note that the conference scheduled by Professor John Borrows as part of the Fragile Freedoms lecture series has been rescheduled and will take place on February 17. For more information please visit http://fragilefreedoms.com

It has been a few months since the public had the opportunity to attend the Fragile Freedoms lecture series, happening at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). Indeed, the series, organized by Arthur Schafer, Ethics professor at the University of Manitoba, is starting up again. Not only is this particular lecture the first of the year, it is also the first to be presented in the Great Hall that will welcome the Museum’s future visitors, thus marking an important milestone in the series and in the history of the Museum. The lectures will be presented in the hall from now on and this lecture is the first activity ever to be organized in this place. The hall can accommodate up to 350 seats, meaning that the public will have more opportunities to buy tickets to attend the lectures. The first three had been very popular and tickets were sold out within days.


Empty large hall. Great Hall. Photo: Aaron Cohen / CMHR.

The next conference will then be happening on January 20, 2014, starting at 7:30 pm. The public will have the pleasure of hearing Professor John Borrows speak on the topic of “First Nations and Human Rights.”

John Borrows is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. An Anishinaabe from Ontario, Professor Borrows is a leading scholar and teacher in Indigenous, constitutional and environmental law. He has written and spoken extensively on such issues as Aboriginal legal rights and traditions, treaties and land claims, as well as on religion and the law. He is presently a staff member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Victoria.

As was the case for the previous lectures, it seems this one will also be very successful and tickets are almost all sold. If you would like to buy some, you had better be quick to visit the fragilefreedoms.com website (tickets are sold online).

For those of you who will be unable to attend the lecture in the Museum, you will get a second chance to listen to it. The lecture will be broadcast as part of the CBC radio programme Ideas, on January 30.

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