Born Bad?

  • May 9, 2016
  • 11:30 am
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights (group entrance)

Always pursuing a sort of ethical realism, British novelist and Nobel laureate Graham Greene wrote, “Human nature is not black and white but black and grey.” Despite Graham’s nuance and eloquence we nevertheless gravitate to mutually exclusive dualities, yo-yoing between a Hobbesian human nature where life is nasty, brutish, and short and the Gandhian belief that human nature is fundamentally virtuous. The argument is as old as man but, in an increasingly claustrophobic and connected world, it is as important as ever.

John Helliwell, co-director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Programme on Social Interactions, Identity, and Well-Being, joins Adam Muller, University of Manitoba, to debate the black and white of being born bad. Moderated by broadcaster and political commentator Charles Adler.

Ro Walker Mills will provide a short performance prior to this event.

  • Series: The World in Seven Years
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10



This is a presentation of the World in 7 Years project

John Hellliwell’s research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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