Hart House Centennial Reframes Historic Debates

Hart House has a long history of facilitating future-thinking conversations on consequential topics. Many such conversations became historic occasions in their own right. If you wish you could have been there, the Hart House Centennial Dialogue Series is for you.

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Logo artist credit: Megan Currie from X-ing Design

As part of our 100th Anniversary celebrations, we launched our Centennial Dialogue Series in May 2019. Comprising four special events, the Centennial Dialogue Series was designed to highlight topics that remain essential to this day—topics like Indigenous sovereignty, feminism, and global action. The best part? Rather than merely reproducing past debates, each and every event addresses current affairs and developments by featuring contemporary participants, a revamped format, and new questions.

“The evening’s events represented the beginning of understanding what it means for Canada’s First Peoples [to be] in the quest for self-determination, self-government and ending the Indian Act.” —James Bird on The Promise and Potential of Indigenous Sovereignty in Canada event.

Consider our next debate, Weaving Wisdom: Imagining the Future of Femism. Taking place on September 10, 2019, it was inspired by a debate that took place at Hart House in 1929, when Agnes Macphail, then the only woman Member of the Parliament, became the first woman admitted to debate at Hart House. Here, she debated the resolution, “This house views that the emancipation of women has been a failure.” Although great strides have since been made in the cause for women’s rights, an urgent demand for equality in response to the current issues has pushed dialogue around feminism into sharper focus. For in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, attacks on access to reproductive justice, decried funding for civil society groups, and other hot-button issues, the need for a conversation on feminism and its future is as pressing today as it was 90 years ago. What better way to have that conversation than with an intersectional and intergenerational circle of leading feminist thinkers and doers who will consider where the feminist movement in Canada has been, where it is today, and where it can take us tomorrow?

What: Weaving Wisdom: Imagining the Future of Feminism
When: September 10, 2019, 6 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House

Visit our 100th Anniversary websiteto learn more about upcoming events, including another Hart House Centennial Dialogue event, Opportunity Lost? A Call to Global Action in the Age of Trump, taking place on November 19, 2019.

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