Who Needs Arts and Culture in Toronto?

Event date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Fitzgerald Building, 150 College Street, Room 103


Tuesday, March 27
, 6:30-8:30 pm
Venue:  University of Toronto, FitzGerald Building, 150 College Street, Room 103

Who Needs Arts and Culture in Toronto?

Speakers:  John Ralston Saul and Mark Kingwell
Moderator: Shauna Brail

Admission is free and all are welcome. Please RSVP here after March 2 at 10AM.

One of Canada’s leading public intellectuals, John Ralston Saul is President of PEN International, a founder and Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, and Editor of the Penguin Press’s Extraordinary Canadian series, for which he also contributed a biography of Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin. Also among his 15 books are Voltaire’s Bastards, The Unconscious Civilization, A Fair Country, and five novels. His books and large number of essays have been translated into 22 languages and published in 30 countries. He is a Companion in the Order of Canada, Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (in France), and was awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non Fiction. His book, Reflections of a Siamese Twin was chosen by MacLean’s Magazine as one of the 10 best non-fiction books of the 20th Century.

Mark Kingwell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and former Associate Chair of this Department. Noted for his professional scholarship and teaching skills, he also engages popular issues and topics in his 13 books and many contributions to the popular press. His books include two directly about cities, Concrete Reveries and The Nearest Thing to Heaven (about the Empire State Building), and Glenn Gould (a biography in the series edited by John Ralston Saul), A Civil Tongue, The World We Want, and Catch and Release. He has held visiting positions at Cambridge University, the University of California (Berkeley), and the City University of New York (as a Weissman Distinguished Professor of Humanities). He has been awarded the Spitz Prize for Political Theory, the Drummer-General’s award for Non-Fiction, and a National Magazine Award for Essay Writing.

Shauna Brail is Director of Experiential Learning and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Toronto, Urban Studies Program. Her research lies broadly in economic geography with a focus on the social, cultural and economic changes associated with the shifting strengths of cities; her secondary research focus relates to pedagogy and learning outside the classroom. In addition, she develops and manages relationships with multiple organizations and stakeholders as part of the Urban Studies Program’s experiential learning initiatives.

The TORONTO IN QUESTION lecture series
: As a complex and diverse city in a large, dynamic region, Toronto has always offered exciting possibilities, but it is also confronted by challenges. The University of Toronto Cities Centre is offering an opportunity for Torontonians, both in and outside the University, to discuss and learn about some of the most important issues facing the City in a series of monthly sessions beginning in October 2011. Topics include: finance; transportation; city building; gentrification/inequalities; citizen participation; culture and the arts. At each session a University researcher and an urban practitioner will initiate a general discussion and suggest future courses of action.