While going to York University may seem like a giant hassle (Torontoist recommends you pack a snack for the trip), this year’s Ioan Davies Memorial Lecture is shaping up to be worth the drive or TTC ride to York.
The Ioan Davies Memorial Lecture commemorates the life and work of Ioan Davies, journalist, author, and professor. Each year, invited lecturers have re-invigorated the links between cultural expression, everyday life, and political practice.
Dr. Thomas King, two-time Governor General Award nominee, will give this year’s prestigious Ioan Davies Memorial Lecture, entitled The Amazing Race: Social Responsibility, Home Construction, and Bottled Water, on September 20 at 5 p.m. in Curtis Lecture Hall L at York University. In keeping with the spirit of Ioan Davies’ commitment to public debate and discourse, the talk is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to Dr. King’s lecture, with a reception following the talk.
In 2003, Dr. King presented his book, The Truth About Stories, as part of the distinguished Massey Lectures. As a broadcaster, he created and starred in the hit CBC show, The Dead Dog Café. His subsequent work in academia, print, film, and radio have turned him into the nation’s most beloved storyteller. Most recently, King was acclaimed as the NDP candidate for the federal riding of Guelph.
The talk is King’s attempt to raise awareness and draw attention to issues that have dominated the media over the last several months. By creating connections between hot-button issues like global warming, increasing public concern over economic globalization (exemplified by the Montebello Summit protests at home), and drawing attention to concerns about water, King asks questions and facilitates debate around topics that make most academics and politicians squirm in their seats.
Image courtesy of the Guelph New Democratic Party Riding Association.