Tickets still available to hear leading thinkers showcased at 50+50 Symposium

Tickets are still available for York’s 50+50 Symposium: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of Pretty Much Everything. Come hear leading thinkers discuss the question – What have we learned in the last 50 years and how will it help us in the next 50? – with some of York’s brightest minds moderating the discussion.

The symposium will take place today and tomorrow  in the Price Family Cinema, 102 Accolade East Building, Keele campus. Four speakers will talk each day, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Today, Sheila Watt-Cloutier (left), Canadian Inuit activist, will look at “Environment: The Right to be Cold” with York moderator Professor Jennifer Foster (right), professor and coordinator of the Urban Ecologies Certificate Program in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and chair of the President’s Sustainability Council at York. 

Arjun Appadurai (left), the Goddard Professor of Media, Culture & Communication at New York University, will talk about “Global Society: No Place Like Home”, moderated by the dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York, Barbara Sellers-Young (right) 

Founder & chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit association, Nicholas Negroponte (left), will discuss “Technology: Change You Have Counted On” with moderator Professor John Tsotsos (right), Canada Research Chair in Computational Vision in York’s Faculty of Science & Engineering. 

The Globe and Mail‘s national affairs columnist, Jeffrey Simpson (left), will look at “Wasted Crises: A Past and Possible Future of Ottawa’s Economic Policies” with York moderator Patricia Bradshaw (right), a professor in the Schulich School of Business and former chair of the York University Senate.

At the end of the day, panellists will join in a round-table conversation and audience Q-&-A with York President Emerita Lorna R. Marsden (right) as moderator. Before leading York for 10 years, Marsden, a sociologist, was president of Sir Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of the Canadian Senate.

On Saturday, Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella (left) will look at “Justice: Balancing the Scales”. Osgoode Hall Law School Dean Patrick Monahan (right), recently appointed as York’s vice-president academic & provost effective July 1, will moderate this session. 

Edward O. Wilson (left), Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, will speak about “Health: Mind, Body and Planet” with moderator and York psychology Professor Suzanne MacDonald (right) of the Faculty of Health.


University of Winnipeg President & Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy (left), a member of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, will address “International Relations: What’s A Nice Middle Power Like You Doing in a World Like This?” David Dewitt (right), associate vice-president research & innovation and former director of the University’s Centre for International & Security Studies, will moderate.

Canadian author Margaret Atwood (left) will look at “The Writer as Citizen: The Last 50 Years and the Next 50”, while Caitlin Fisher (right), Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture in the Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts, will moderate. Fisher is the co-founder of York’s Future Cinema Lab.

Following the talks, panellists will join in a round-table conversation and audience Q-&-A with moderator Allan C. Hutchinson (right), Distinguished Research Professor at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School.

Seth Feldman (left), director of York’s Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and a professor in the Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts, will emcee the symposium. Feldman is widely known for his writing on film and media in Canada as well as the 25 radio documentaries he wrote and presented for the CBC Radio program, "Ideas".

Tickets are available by half-day session or for two full days (which includes all four half-day sessions). For more information on pricing and to purchase tickets, visit the 50+50 Symposium Web site. Tickets are also available online through the York University Box Office Web site or by calling 416-736-5888

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