In an era of rising populism, cynicism and challenges to the post-war institutions of the West, what’s a good global citizen to do?

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Hart House welcomed celebrated human rights activist Stephen Lewis; his powerful and sobering address was inspired by a Hart House debate held in 1957 that featured then U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy as a guest speaker, and a 20-year old Lewis as one of the students debating the resolution “This House Believes the United States has Failed in its Responsibility as a World Leader.”  

In his Hart House Centennial Dialogue keynote address, Lewis spoke to the most pressing and difficult issues of our time, including climate crisis, economic and social justice, global human rights and disarmament. Lewis was joined by legendary social justice advocate and journalist Michele Landsberg, who provided opening remarks, and acclaimed broadcaster Shelagh Rogers, who moderated the discussion. Together, along with U of T students and young alumni Vince Wong, Emily Chu and Rebekah Robinson, they explored their perspectives on international engagement and change-making.

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  • Date: Tue, Nov 19, 2019
  • Time & Duration: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (EST) (2h)
  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Great Hall (1022)