• April 9, 2017
  • 10:30 am
  • OISE Auditorium

Alternative facts. Fake news. A newly combative media. What role has journalism traditionally played in speaking truth to power, and how has that been impacted by the digital tsunami that turned media on its head, and the geopolitical tsunami that . . .

  • April 8, 2017
  • 2:00 pm
  • Gardiner Museum

Flash floods in Toronto. Raging wildfires in Fort McMurray. The threatened Big One on the West Coast. Severe weather events have increasingly dominated news reports, given their unpredictable appearance and the huge cost to individuals and communities, both financially and . . .

  • April 8, 2017
  • 10:00 am
  • Gardiner Museum

Art-advisor, curator and author David Moos in conversation with Don Thompson, economist and author of the new book, The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market which uses the prism of the contemporary art market . . .

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  There was a time when political affiliation was passed down through generations, when families stood by political parties through thick and thin. Today, young people are turning their backs on partisanship labels . . .

  • April 9, 2017
  • 3:00 pm
  • Innis Town Hall

The US Presidential results caught many people in this country – and around the world – by surprise. Yet, we have seen echoes of the same far-right, populist, anti-immigration language in our own Conservative Party of Canada leadership campaign as . . .

  • April 7, 2017
  • 5:30 pm
  • Yorkville Public Library

In the Black traces B. Denham Jolly’s personal and professional struggle for a place in a country where Black Canadians have faced systematic discrimination. He arrived from Jamaica to attend university in the mid-1950s and worked as a high school . . .

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In order to create the progressive, inclusive communities we want to live in, we first need to define how change happens and create a process for progress. In this age of
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  • April 6, 2017
  • 5:30 pm
  • George Ignatieff Theatre

“Olson is our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.” – Former US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright Spur sits down in conversation with Lynne Olson, The New York Times bestselling author of seven books of history. . . .

This podcast is now available on iTunes. Please subscribe!   Shakespeare wrote that misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows, and news commentators say endlessly that politics does the same. At Spur, we think that strange bed-fellows often make for . . .

  This podcast is now available on iTunes. Please subscribe!   Today, the web can bring people together, building online communities and mobilizing social movements, or create targets in a click, releasing a pack of online hounds. Spur welcomes a . . .

  • November 12, 2016
  • 11:00 am
  • St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

Shakespeare wrote that misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows, and news commentators say endlessly that politics does the same. At Spur, we think that strange bed-fellows often make for the most illuminating conversations. We’ve challenged a Poet (Brandon Wint) . . .

  • November 13, 2016
  • 10:00 am
  • Shelf Life Books

By the author of the Canada Reads finalist and bestselling Intolerable comes a Governor General’s Award-nominated book about the meaning of being brown. Brown is not white. Brown is not black. Brown is an experience, a state of mind. Historically . . .

  • November 13, 2016
  • 2:00 pm
  • Dutton Theatre at the Calgary Central Library

Fact-based politicking is dead. Donald Trump’s presidential victory has all but established this fact. Relying on bombastic soundbites, dubious facts, flippant insults and emotional button-pushing, his campaign has evolved from an unsettling joke to an ultimately successful candidacy. Spur asks: . . .

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