The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian continues to broaden the scope and number of voices that promote and foster public dialogue on, and greater understanding of, ideas and issues of concern to Canadians. Each year the Guelph Lecture brings together a cast of some the most innovative, imaginative, and inspiring thinkers and performers who engage audience members with an array of ideas not just for Canadians, but for all. The November 13, 2015 event featured literary guest Lee Maracle and lecturer Jaron Lanier.
A member of the Stó:lō Nation in British Columbia, Lee Maracle is a celebrated author, poet, educator, storyteller and performing artist. She is one of the country’s most prolific writers, and was first published in the early 1970s. Among her novels are Ravensong, Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel and Daughters Are Forever.
Lee Maracle reads from her latest poetry, written during her time as the 2015 Eastern Comma Writer-in-Residence, a program of Musagetes and rare Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge, Ontario.
Presenting the keynote lecture, Jaron Lanier speaks about the social impact of technology, the philosophy of consciousness and information, and Internet politics. A pioneer in virtual reality (a term he coined), he has been at the forefront of technological innovation from its infancy to the present.