LAFONTAINE-BALDWIN SYMPOSIUM

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Founded in 2000 by John Ralston Saul, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s (ICC) LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium is a national event that explores citizenship, belonging and the public good with leading Canadian and international thinkers. It challenges the audience to think about Canada’s big picture by inviting them to add their voice to post-lecture roundtable discussions with the speaker and ICC founders and co-chairs, Saul and the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson. Once again, the ICC has partnered with the Stratford Festival to present the 12th LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium featuring Robert Lepage, cutting-edge creator and recipient of The Glenn Gould Prize. The Symposium will take place this fall on Saturday, October 18 in Toronto; tickets are now on sale, visit lafontaine-baldwin.com.

Previous Guest speakers include:

  • October 18th, 2014 – 12th LaFontaine Baldwin Symposium with Robert Lepage. The Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West, Toronto).
  • 12th LaFontaine Baldwin Symposium with Robert Lepage. The Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West, Toronto).

  • January 23, 2013
  • News Release: ICC Partnering with Stratford Festival to Host National Chief Shawn Atleo as 11th LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecturer

  • October 21, 2010 – Book Launch Event for Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin, with Joseph Boyden at the Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre at 7:00PM (Edmonton)
  • Book Launch Event for Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin, with Joseph Boyden at the Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre at 7:00PM (Edmonton)

  • October 19, 2010 – Book Launch Event for Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin, with Joseph Boyden at the Roxy Theatre at 7:30PM (Saskatoon)
  • Book Launch Event for Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin, with Joseph Boyden at the Roxy Theatre at 7:30PM (Saskatoon)

  • October 15th, 2010 – 10th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium featuring His Highness the Aga Khan
  • 10th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium featuring His Highness the Aga Khan

  • October 15, 2010 – 10th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium featuring His Highness the Aga Khan (Toronto)
  • 10th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium featuring His Highness the Aga Khan (Toronto)

  • October 13, 2010 – Book Launch Event for Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin, with Joseph Boyden at the Ottawa International Writers Festival at 7:00PM (Ottawa)
  • October 13, 2010 Book Launch Event for Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin, with Joseph Boyden at the Ottawa International Writers Festival at 7:00 PM (Ottawa)

  • September 2008 – Book, A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada
  • Book, A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada

  • October 27, 2007 – Globe and Mail
  • “The rogue state of Burmese generals”

  • September 27, 2007
  • Open Letter to the UN Secretary General by Akbar Ganji, signed by John Ralston Saul

  • Speech to the B.C. Civil Liberties Association
  • March 21, 2002 – Vancouver

  • March 23rd, 2000 – Inaugural LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture. Toronto, Ontario.
  • Inaugural LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture. Toronto, Ontario.

  • 2000 John Ralston Saul
  • January 16, 1999 – Sydney, Australia
  • Democracy and Globalization

  • Recent Speeches / Writings

  • February 7, 2016 – JRS appearing on the CBC Unreserved Radio Show hosted by Rosanna Deerchild to discuss his latest book “The Comeback” – Toronto, Canada
  • November 30, 2015 – JRS’s memorial piece in honour of Maurice Strong, father of the environmental movement and dear friend, published in the Globe and Mail – Toronto, Canada
  • November 25, 2015 – Article in the Revista N of Argentina written by Luisa Valenzuela president of PEN Argentina relating her experience in the Congress of Pen International in Quebec and the overall work of PEN mentioning the hard work of JRS during his presidency of the organisation – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • November 18, 2015 – Article in the Journal de Montréal quoting The Comeback by JRS when discussing the resurgence of Canadian Aboriginals – Montréal, Canada
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  • November 18, 2015 – JRS interviewed by Alain Crevier host of ICI Radio-Canada’s Second Regard about his latest book ‘The Comeback’ on the Aboriginal reality in Canada in relation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – Montreal, Canada
  • November 5, 2015 – JRS interviewed by Hervé Gardette de Radio France’s Du Grain à Moudre on the topic of Canada’s uniqueness within North America, identity, citizenship, Aboriginal issues and the new government – Paris, France
  • October 26, 2015 – JRS in an episode of Chris Hedges’s Days of Revolt to discuss neoliberalism as an ideology, the breakdown of that ideology, and what comes next. – Toronto, Ontario
  • October 22, 2015 – Entertaining article in the National post about a friendly Twitter war between the Toronto Public Library and the Kansas Public Library that utilized JRS’s The Comeback to jest about the 5th game in the post-seasons and the Blue Jay’s victory – Toronto, Canada
  • October 22, 2015 – Article in the New Yorker by Adam Gopnik on Trudeau’s victory in Canada’s Federal election mentioning JRS’s twin biography of Robert Baldwin and Louis Lafontaine, to emphasize how much the Canada owes to its tradition of avoiding conflict – New York, USA
  • October 14, 2015 – Article in Le Monde on the importance of Aboriginal votes in the upcoming election quotes JRS’s lastest book Le Grand Retour
  • October 6, 2015 – JRS interviewed about his latest novel “Le Grand Retour” by ICI Radio-Canada’s Medium Large host Catherine Perrin.
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  • September 3, 2015 – JRS interviewed by “Plus on est fou, plus on lit!” a Radio-Canada literary show in Montreal with Marie-Louise Arsenault to discuss his career as a writer and the opening of the 81st PEN International Congress in Quebec City
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  • June 30, 2015 – JRS reaired from February 10th on CBC Ideas, in conversation with Paul Kennedy and Saul and Hayden King of Ryerson University.
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  • May 26, 2015 – JRS to Speak at the Opening Ceremony of the Biennial PEN International Writers in Prison Committee Conference – Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • May 26-29, 2015 – JRS to attend the Biennial PEN International Writers in Prison Committee Conference – Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • May 17, 2015 – JRS to take part in the PEN Podium of the 37th Literature Days literary festival to discuss freedom of expression after Charlie Hebdo and the current situation in places such as Syria, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico and Honduras. Solothurn, Switzerland.
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  • May 16, 2015 – JRS to take part in panel, “Literature in a Time of Crisis” in the 37th Literature Days literary festival.. Participants include Yari Bernasconi, Marica Bodrožić, Martin R. Dean, Pedro Lenz, Jérôme Meizoz, Ruth Schweikert. Ariane von Graffenried. Solothurn. Switzerland
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  • May 16-17, 2015 – JRS to attend the 37th Literature Days literary festival. Solothurn, Switzerland.
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  • May 13th, 2015 – JRS in conversation with EFE about freedom of expression, impunity and corruption in Latin America. Online
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  • May 06, 2015 – JRS to attend the PEN International Writers for Peace Committee Meeting in Bled, Slovenia.