• Risk and Geopolitics
  • 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 . . .

  • 3:00 pm
  • April 9, 2017
  • Innis Town Hall
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10
  • Tickets
  • Risk and Journalism
  • 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 . . .

  • 10:30 am
  • April 9, 2017
  • OISE Auditorium
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10
  • Tickets
  • Risk and the Environment
  • 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 . . .

  • 2:00 pm
  • April 8, 2017
  • Gardiner Museum
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • Risk and the Psychology of Collecting
  • 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 . . .

  • 10:00 am
  • April 8, 2017
  • Gardiner Museum
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • Books That Spur: Denham Jolly on In The Black, My Life
  • 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 . . .

  • 5:30 pm
  • April 7, 2017
  • Yorkville Public Library
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Books That Spur: Tom Nichols on ‘The Death of Expertise’
  • People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. Tom Nichols argues that these societal gains have helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual  . . .

  • 12:00 pm
  • April 7, 2017
  • Heliconian Hall
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $20
  • Students (with valid ID): $15
  • Tickets
  • Books That Spur: Lynne Olson on ‘Last Hope Island’
  • “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.  . . .

  • 5:30 pm
  • April 6, 2017
  • George Ignatieff Theatre
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $10
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • Post-Truth Politics
  • 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: . . .

  • 2:00 pm
  • November 13, 2016
  • Dutton Theatre at the Calgary Central Library
  • Spur Calgary 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Books That Spur: Kamal al-Solaylee on ‘Brown’
  • 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 . . .

  • 10:00 am
  • November 13, 2016
  • Shelf Life Books
  • Spur Calgary 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Poets & Politicians
  • 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)  . . .

  • 11:00 am
  • November 12, 2016
  • St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
  • Spur Calgary 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Books That Spur: Sandra Martin on A Good Death
  • Author Sandra Martin discusses her timely, engaging and inspiring work A Good Death. In taking on our ultimate human right, award-winning journalist Sandra Martin charts the history of the right to die movement here and abroad through the personal . . .

  • 9:30 am
  • November 12, 2016
  • St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
  • Spur Calgary 2016
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10
  • Tickets
  • 7:00 pm
  • November 10, 2016
  • Dutton Theatre at the Calgary Central Library
  • Spur Calgary 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • 7:30 pm
  • October 30, 2016
  • Neptune Theatre
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • General admission: $35
  • Tickets
  • Nova Scotia Exports
  • How are Nova Scotians taking their best ideas out into the larger world? How does the physical and cultural space of Nova Scotia incubate ideas and projects, and how do these ideas interact with the rest of the world? Spur  . . .

  • 2:00 pm
  • October 30, 2016
  • King's College - KTS Hall, New Academic Building
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Walking Tour of Lebanese Contributions to Halifax
  •   This walk will begin in front of the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road. Look out for the Spur banner! For decades, Lebanese immigrants to Halifax have fundamentally shaped the city’s architectural identity. Buildings that shape our perception  . . .

  • 11:00 am
  • October 30, 2016
  • King's College - KTS Hall, New Academic Building
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • 9:30 am
  • October 30, 2016
  • Halifax Central Library 5th Floor
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Film Screening: Fanarchy, The Fan Film Revolution
  •   Fanarchy delves into the world of amateur-made films that play in the shadow of Hollywood’s greatest creations. These films are inspired by existing films, tv programs, or comic books and are created by fans rather than the source’s copyright  . . .

  • 7:00 pm
  • October 29, 2016
  • Halifax Central Library - O'Regan Hall
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Post-Truth Politics
  • Fact-based politicking is dead. Donald Trump’s presidential bid has all but established this fact. Relying on bombastic soundbites, outright lies, and all manner of allegation and hyperbole, his campaign has swung wildly from an unsettling joke to a strong candidacy . . .

  • 4:00 pm
  • October 29, 2016
  • Halifax Central Library - O'Regan Hall
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Our Shared History
  • Movements are cropping up worldwide to re-evaluate our reverence of foundational figures (such as Oxford University’s Cecil Rhodes and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson) whose legacies have been edited, their accomplishments lauded and the racist, sexist, and otherwise prejudiced motivations and repercussions  . . .

  • 2:00 pm
  • October 29, 2016
  • Halifax Central Library - O'Regan Hall
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • The Process of Progress
  • 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 fast-spreading, far reaching information, it’s easy to feel like  . . .

  • 11:00 am
  • October 29, 2016
  • Halifax Central Library - O'Regan Hall
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Shambhala Mindfulness Session, with Michael Chender
  • Michael Chender, a Shambhala community member and experienced teacher of how to marry insight to action and act, as well as think, wisely, explains the history and significance of the Buddhist presence in Halifax. A walking tour of the city  . . .

  • 9:30 am
  • October 29, 2016
  • Halifax Shambhala Centre
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Can the Liberal Arts Save Society?
  • Our cost of living is soaring, technological advances shine a light on the sciences, and our arts & culture sector seems stuck in peril: it is no shock that fewer and fewer young people looking to pursue a post-secondary education  . . .

  • 7:00 pm
  • October 28, 2016
  • King's College - KTS Hall, New Academic Building
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Hummus! The Movie
  • In partnership with the Atlantic Jewish Council, Spur is pleased to kick off its inaugural Halifax festival with a screening of Hummus! The Movie. An eclectic, touching film about hummus, the delicious superfood sweeping
    across America. Secret recipes, a  . . .

  • 2:00 pm
  • October 28, 2016
  • Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • General admission: $5
  • Tickets
  • Gender Fluidity
  • Spur asks how to embrace gender fluidity in a society that struggles to disentangle the biology of sex from the social constructs of gender.

  • 3:00 pm
  • May 15, 2016
  • Manitoba Hydro Place
  • Spur Winnipeg 2016
  • General admission: $25
  • Tickets
  • 9:30 am
  • May 15, 2016
  • Union Station
  • Spur Winnipeg 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
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