Week of October 14

Monday, October 14
The experiences of new immigrants are often shaped by the personalities of the cities in which they choose to settle. In a recent lecture for the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, British author and playwright Caryl Phillips explores the cultural legacies of colonialism, with a particular focus on the historical and cultural connections between Europe, Africa and the Americas. He examines the immigrant experience of identity, place and belonging, interweaving threads from many of his novels that hinge on cultural and social dislocation associated with the migratory experience, slavery, racism, and stereotyping. Caryl Philips lecture is titled: Cities by the Water: Postcolonial History and Participation by Newcomers.

Tuesday, October 15
WACHTEL ON THE ARTS - Kelly Reichardt
Eleanor Wachtel talks to Kelly Reichardt who has been called "one of the most important political filmmakers in America." She's known for her quiet, realistic story-telling and a spare style. Her films are usually light on dialogue and plot, heavy on character and emotional impact. Kelly Reichardt's latest film Night Moves had its North American premiere a the Toronto International Film Festival. The film has also won the Grand Prix at the Festival of American Cinema in Deauville, France. 

Wednesday, October 16
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
is British Columbia's Representative for Children and Youth. She believes the welfare of aboriginal children is a human rights issue.  In the 2013 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture, Turpel-Lafond makes the case there's been little progress on the human rights of First Nation's children in today's Canada.  The 2013 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture is presented in collaboration with The Laurier Institution, UBC Continuing Studies, and CBC Radio One's IDEAS.

Thursday, October 17
C.S. Lewis, novelist, poet, literary critic, is considered by many as one of the great Christian thinkers and writers of the 20th century. His books on Christian faith have inspired millions, and his series The Chronicles of Narnia have won him a legion of fans among young readers. But Lewis is also known for being part of the legendary literary group, The Inklings, at Oxford University. Included in this circle of poets and novelists were J.R.R. Tolkien; Owen Barfield, philosopher and author of the ground-breaking book on the meaning of poetry, Poetic Diction; and Charles Williams, famed for his writing of "spiritual thrillers". In this two-part series IDEAS producer Frank Faulk looks at the vision forged by C.S. Lewis and The Inklings on what it means to be fully human.

Friday, October 18
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is this country's pre-eminent landscape architect. Her love of nature and respect for the environment has guided and inspired her work from the grounds of the National Gallery in Ottawa to the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. IDEAS producer Yvonne Gall profiles the 92-year-old icon, whose career spans six decades and is still going strong.

Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, October 14
Science fiction writers have been dreaming up planets - and aliens -for years. But recently, astronomers have discovered hundreds of planets far beyond our solar system. Is there life on those planets, too? In fact and in fiction, Stephen Humphrey explores our need to know that we're not alone in the cosmos.

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