Spur Returns!

Alone, Together

Spur festival returns in the spring of 2015, and we’re pleased to announce the dates for three city festivals:

TORONTO: April 9 to 12
CALGARY: April 23 to 26
WINNIPEG: May 7 to 10

2015 Theme: “Alone, Together”

Like most industrialized countries,the vast majority of Canadians live in urban areas, individuals navigating crowded collective spaces from roads & schools to hospitals. We’re “alone together,” as MIT technologist Sherry Turkle famously put it: eyes glued to iPads and Blackberries, we sit alongside each other on buses and in restaurants, oblivious in our isolation even as we’re linked by shared place.

How do we balance the right to live our lives as we see fit with the need to build the sort of community that’s necessary to give individual lives meaning and support? What are the rights and obligations of citizenship, and of existing in a globalized world, in which local actions can have international consequences? And how do we re-imagine civic life for the twenty-first century?

Don’t miss the opportunity for some serious fun at Spur Toronto, April 9-12th. Join today’s most provocative thinkers and scholars, artists and activists, journalists and entrepreneurs—from across the country and beyond—to share ideas worth spurring into action.

Here are just a few of the scheduled debates, conversations, performances, meals, walking tours and more:

Book Bag: Sabrina Ramnanan

Coffee and chatter with Sabrina Ramnanan about her first novel, Nothing Like Love, published by Doubleday in April 2015.

Moderated by Mark Medley

Can Money Buy Elections?

They say money can’t buy love—but can it win elections? Spur explores the intersection of money and politics.

Daniel Schulman, senior editor at Mother Jones and author of Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty.
Shawn McCarthy, national business correspondent for the Globe and Mail.
Anna Porter, author of the upcoming Buying a Better World: George Soros and Billionaire Philanthropy (Dundurn).

Unsteady Work

Dr. Guy Standing, Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of University of London, on A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens. As part of his comprehensive analysis of the global transformation of work and labour, Dr. Standing will discuss the emerging class characterised by insecurity and lack of any occupational identity and outline a set of policies that could serve as a basis for a new progressive politics.

Join us at Spur Festival 2015, and book your early-bird tickets now!

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