2018 Season – 15th annual presentation of The Guelph Lecture–On Being Canadian 2018-01-02T13:47:29+00:00

Joseph Heath: Keynote Lecture

From counter-cultural rebellion to financial derivatives, Joseph Heath is an expert on what makes the market tick. He preaches the science of economics—without the graphs and equations. As a philosopher, Heath revels in the surprising and the unexpected. Always opinionated, invariably controversial, he is happy to tell you why everything you know about the economy is wrong.

Joseph Heath is the author of Enlightenment 2.0, which brings us the concept of slow politics: promoting slow thought, slow deliberation and slow debate to restore sanity in today’s rapid-fire political and media landscape. He is also the author of four other bestselling books: Economics Without Illusions: Debunking the Myths of Modern Capitalism, The Efficient Society: Why Canada is as Close to Utopia as It Gets, with Andrew Potter, The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can’t be Jammed, and Filthy Lucre: Economics for People Who Hate Capitalism. His work has been translated into 12 different languages and counting. Heath is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where he also teaches at the School of Public Policy and Governance.

“[Heath] possesses a rare combination of talents: an appreciation for the nitty-gritty, and the ability to translate even the most difficult ideas into an accessible language. On top of that, he has an earnest desire to set the record straight.” – The Walrus

For the Guelph Lecture–On Being Canadian Joseph Heath will discuss the rise of the alt-right, and the unexpected appropriation by the right of certain radical ideas that originated in the countercultural movements of the 1960s.

Tanya Talaga: Literary Guest

Tanya Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for twenty years, covering everything from general city news to education, national health care, foreign news, and Indigenous affairs. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. In 2013, she was part of a team that won a National Newspaper Award for a year-long project on the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. In 2015, she was part of a team that won a National Newspaper Award for Gone, a series of stories on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She is the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. Talaga lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.

Okavango Orchestra: Musical Guests

Okavango African Orchestra – 12 instruments, 10 languages, 7 countries…one special concert.

Okavango African Orchestra is an ambitious musical project that could happen only in a great multicultural city like Toronto. Batuki Music Society Artistic Director Nadine McNulty assembled a cast of eight accomplished African-born musicians who now live in Toronto and Montreal: Daniel Nebiat (krar, vocals-Eritrea), Tichaona Maredza (marimba, nyunga- nyunga, hosho, vocals-Zimbabwe), Donne Roberts (guitar, vocals-Madagascar), Kooshin (kaban, vocals-Somalia), Ebenezer Agyekum (bass-Ghana), Sadio Sissokho (kora, tama, djembe, vocals-Senegal), Nicolas Simbananiye (vocals-Burundi), Aron Nitunga (guitar, vocals-Burundi) and Kofi Ackah (percussion-Ghana).

The orchestra takes its name from the Okavango Delta, a basin in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, where many different animal species come together to feed and find water. Predators and prey are forced to coexist and share the meager resources because of the harsh environment around them. Similarly, Okavango: An African Orchestra brings together the traditional music and instruments of several major African cultures that historically have had little or no interaction. The musicians of Okavango have created a common meeting place for these disparate cultures, and a new musical language that harmonizes their different tuning systems, rhythms, and timbres. The musicians and instruments of Okavango represent a continuum of traditions and cultures from time immemorial to the present day. The multicultural spirit of modern-day Canada bridges ancient African solitudes.

The origin of this orchestra also comes from a desire to create something that had never been attempted before. The orchestra is a reflection of the varied music that originates from the African continent, specifically the local traditional instruments that are actually the catalyst for forming the orchestra. The music is a derivative of the instruments themselves and players in the orchestra. Sounds like Somali jazz, Tigrinya folk music, Malagasy ballads and salegy, hybrid sounds of Shona folk and popular music of Zimbabwe, Griot music of West Africa and oral history, Ghanaian highlife elements…

The music is not static, it’s an experimentation with the traditional and modern instruments trying to find a medium where they all co-exist on a single stage. Okavango is continuously evolving through its’ introduction of other traditional instruments found throughout Africa.

Dr. Joy Roberts: Emcee

Joy Roberts, Ph.D., moved to this area 16 years ago with her partner, Douglas McMullen, FCPA & FCA, hoping to enjoy the quiet life. Since meeting so many energetic people in Guelph and Eramosa, that plan has been put on hold. They are founders of the Eramosa Institute and the Musagetes Foundation and members of the Campaign & Community Cabinet at the rare Charitable Research Reserve. Joy is also an Associate Practitioner at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience.

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