Evening dialogues tackle big questions

This popular series creates a public forum that encourages healthy debate on issues both global in scope and relevant locally

The Museum at Campbell River will present another series of Evening Dialogues.

This popular series creates a public forum that encourages healthy debate on issues both global in scope and relevant locally.  Everyone is encouraged to participate, share and exchange ideas.

The Series kicks off on Thursday, March 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with the topic What Defines Morality in Canada? Given the diversity of beliefs and cultural behavior in Canada, is it possible to define a common national morality? If so, then what is moral behavior in a pluralistic society?  Then on Thursday, April 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the series continues with the topic What is Canadian Culture?

The debate on whether there is a distinct Canadian culture and identity has sputtered on since the 1950’s. But what are aspects of our national identity that we can define now in 2011 that may point us to understanding ourselves as a collective of peoples?

Both of these Dialogues will be hosted by Michael McIvor. McIvor has extensive experience working internationally as a journalist and for numerous NGO’s. During his career with the CBC, he was a Washington correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief and Senior European Correspondent.

Finally on April 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the topic of literature will be addressed.

Guest host Patricia Robertson, currently the Haig-Brown Writer in Residence, will guide a discussion around the theme of Changing the World by Changing Our Stories. Can stories play a role in the way we see the world?  And if so, what stories are currently shaping how we perceive society?

Robertson has published two collections of short stories, The Goldfish Dancer: Stories and Novellas and City of Orphans, and her stories, poems, essays, and articles have appeared widely in Canadian literary magazines and newspapers.

Admission is by donation. Check the Museum’s website at www.crmuseum.ca for more information.

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