Monday, March 5, 2012 | Categories: Coming Up |
Tuesday, March 6
SILVER AND EXACT
That is how the poet Sylvia Plath referred to the mirror, an important artifact in science and art, literature and philosophy, magic and folklore. Karen Virag explores the history and cultural significance of the mirror, and rediscovers the wonder inherent in reflection.
Wednesday, March 7
Arthur Koestler was a controversial journalist and thinker. He witnessed many of the 20th century's great upheavals, wars and revolutions. His influential anti-communist novel, Darkness at Noon, made him an international celebrity. Koestler's personal life was chaotic and makes for a compelling story as told by his biographer Michael Scammell.
Thursday, March 8
THE ART OF REASONING
A bronze bust of Pierre Bédard was recently unveiled in the Quebec National Assembly. Bédard was a journalist, politician, judge and nationalist leader Lower Canada, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He was an early advocate of responsible government. Bédard was also a philosopher who engaged in imaginary dialogues with Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot and Montesquieu. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy explores his significance for Quebec today.