Opening Event: Our New Tribalism

  • April 7, 2016
  • 7:00 pm
  • Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
Our New Tribalism

From neuroscientists to anthropologists to Malcolm Gladwell, there’s no scarcity of theory about why people cleave to a defined collective, even as the world becomes increasingly mobile and interconnected. War, famine and political strife scatter refugees across the world—or trap them in massive camps—while immigration is the main fuel of population growth in many countries, including our own. Have the ties that bind become more fluid, or more rigid? Spur explores the nature of social cohesion from exhilaratingly distinct perspectives.

Omar Musa will provide a short performance prior to this event. Mr Musa’s performance is made possible thanks to the support of the RBC Emerging Artists program and Access Copyright.

  • Free



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Spur is a national festival of politics, art and ideas and is a catalyst for change in Canada.

Through nationally relevant and locally nuanced discussions, presentations and performances, the festival seeks to spur its participants to action on issues affecting Canadians. Feisty, multi-partisan, forward-looking, and solution-driven, this national railway of ideas will provide Canada with vital new cultural infrastructure for the 21st century.

Founded in 2013, the festival has already grown from three to five Canadian cities, with plans for further expansion across the country. Produced by the Literary Review of Canada in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues, Spur prides itself on its community partnerships, cultural connections and a focus on accessibility and diversity.

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