6 Degrees Toronto – 17th LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture by Adam Gopnik
Mind Over Matter: The Planetary Possibilities of Liberal Institutions
Doors open at 7:00 PM
From fair elections to the free press, liberal institutions are under assault in ways they have not been for half a century. Adam Gopnik takes on the defense of these institutions, showing that they grow from the ground up, all over the planet, in many places and many times. People naturally practice co-existence. The perpetual challenge is to turn that practice into a principle of pluralism. How those plural principles take root – in everything from Iranian coffee shops to Canadian hockey rinks – is his subject. He mixes pessimism about our present global emergency with hope for the democratic renewal that may be coming.
Adam Gopnik is a celebrated author and speaker. He has been exploring small “l” liberalism and its actors for his entire career, including in The New Yorker, and his new book, A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism. It has been heralded by reviewers for its relevance in a time when democratic and inclusive values are under threat.
The session will conclude with a conversation between Adam Gopnik and John Ralston Saul.
Since 2000, the LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture has gathered Canadians to reflect on democracy, citizenship, and the public good. Past speakers include Georges Erasmus, Sue Gardner, Michael Sandel, Naomi Klein, Beverley McLachlin, George Elliott Clarke, Louise Arbour, and Naheed Nenshi.
The evening’s lecture is part of 6 Degrees Toronto, an annual three-day event that brings leaders from all levels of society together to reframe debates around inclusion.
6 Degrees Toronto Passes:
6 Degrees Toronto takes place from September 23-25, 2019.
• Regular Price - $295
• Student/Educator/Non-Profit Price - $245
• Includes the 17th
LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture, The Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship, Tuesday at the AGO, and Wednesday at the AGO
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• Regular Price - $195
• Student/Educator/Non-Profit Price - $150
• Includes Tuesday at the AGO, and Wednesday at the AGO
• Simply add both events to your cart, and the discount will automatically be applied
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