University of Regina launches The Canada 150 Lecture Series: The Making of Canada

News Release Release Date: January 18, 2017 12:45 p.m.

A new public lecture series at the University of Regina will mark the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and the birth of Canada in 1867. The Canada 150 Lecture Series: The Making of Canada features six lectures over four days, starting on January 19 with Canadian historian Christopher Moore’s lecture: “A Living Tree? Canada’s Constitution 150 Years Ago – and Today.” Moore has been called Canada's most versatile writer of history. The Toronto-based writer has been presenting Canadian history to non-specialist audiences through many media for 20 years.

More than recounting events leading to Confederation in 1867, the series of six lectures will reflect on the spirit and principles of the original dreams of the founders of Canada. The lectures consider how those goals and aspirations for a new country have played out in the past 150 years, and how they might be updated to reflect the very different society in which we now live.

“The Canada 150 Lecture Series aligns with the University of Regina’s commitment to our communities by asking important and timely questions that help make Canada’s history, and its future, relevant to all its citizens today,” says President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons.

All lectures start at 7:30 p.m. and are followed by a reception. There is no charge and everyone is welcome.

Following is a list of The Canada 150 Lecture Series. For more detail, please go to www.uregina.ca/events .

January 19:

Title: “A Living Tree? Canada’s Constitution 150 Years Ago – and Today.”
Speaker: Christopher Moore
Location: Education Building, Room 191

February 8 (two lectures):

Title: “Contradictory Colonial Positions: The Ambiguous Trajectories of Francophones in the Canadian Prairies.”
Speaker: Jérôme Melançon
Location: Language Institute, Room 216 (Rotunda)

Title: “Canada, a Bi-national Dominion? English Canadian Attitudes to Francophone National Holidays since Confederation.”
Speaker: Michael Poplyansky
Location: Language Institute, Room 216 (Rotunda)

March 16 (two lectures):

Title: “The people of Canada want to have a white country.”
Speakers: Andrea Sterzuk, Russell Fayant, Michael Cappello
Location:  Education Building, Room 191

Title: “Are Canadians a Fully Sovereign People in 2017?”
Speaker: Dr. Lee Ward
Location:  Education Building, Room 191

March 30:

Title: “Making the Canadian History Hall.”
Speaker: Lisa Leblanc
Location: Education Building, Room 191

 

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