Nov 14-18 Festival of Ideas – University of Alberta

The University of Alberta’s “Festival of Ideas” is another upcoming speakers festival running in venues across the city Nov 14-18 (ticket prices vary) – with a number of interesting topics and guest speakers.

Of special interest:
Sat Nov 17@1pm
The Tale of Two Nazanins with Nazanin Afshin-Jam & Susan McClelland
(This is the story of two women named Nazanin – one a new Canadian immigrant who escaped Iran after the Shah fell –  the other a teenager on death row in Iran – and how one email changed their lives forever. Nazanin Afshin-Jam is an award-winning international human rights activist, a Red Cross Global Youth Educator, singer/songwriter, actor, model and former Miss World Canada who recently wed MP Peter Mackay.)
But also…
Wed Nov 14@8pm
The Better Angels of Our Nature – Why Violence Has Declined
Opening night with Steven Pinker
(Dr. Steven Pinker is a Canadian-born experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and popular science author who is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.  He  writes a regular, widely regarded column in the New York Times.)
Fri Nov 16@8pm
An Evening with Fran Lebowitz:
Stage Interview and Q & A with Eleanor Wachtel
(Leibowitz is the iconic, long-lasting, American photo-journalist who’s first gig was writing for Andy Warhols art mag “Interview” which then gave way to “Mademoiselle” and then a lengthy parade of other well-known, high-fashion publications ending with tenure at Vanity Fair.  Eleanor Wachtel is host of “Writers & Company” – one of CBC Radio’s most rewarding programs IMHO.)
There are many other notable authors, artists and topics to chose from – including:
  • U.S. economist Thomas Sargent won the 2011 Nobel Prize for economics and will present a talk entitled the Rules of the Game Change Economies.
  • Don Tapscott, innovative Canadian thinker and business strategist  brings his critique of capitalism outlined most recently in his article, Capitalism 2.0.

….and much more.


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