Week of March 24

Monday, March 24 - Friday, March 28
Blood runs red through all of us and carries the same life-giving energy to every human being. We've learned a lot about the science of blood, but it is as complex and mysterious as ever. Culturally, blood has a mystique all its own, and what it stands for - tribe, family, race, gender - has divided us since the beginning of time. Blood pulses through our religions, through literature and the visual arts, and every time it pools or spills, we learn a little more about what brings human beings together and what divides us. Author Lawrence Hill takes us on a fascinating journey through the story of blood.

Monday, March 24 - Blood Counts
Who am I? Who are you? How are we tied? How our own notions of blood have evolved over thousands of years, and some ideas about how our own blood can betray us

Tuesday, March 25 - Truth & Honour
We associate blood with notions of truth and honour in at least two ways: first, how we go about removing it from human bodies, and once it's out, what we use it for; and second, what happens when we meddle with the composition of our blood.

Wednesday, March 26 - Blood & Belonging
The ties we create with each other are just as significant as the ties we share with family, by dint of blood. Are blood ties less important than we think? Is race a myth?

Thursday, March 27 - Power & Spectacle
Violence and power need blood. When we want to hurt people or entertain ourselves at their expense, we lust for blood. How blood enters the realm of violence, spectacle and power.

Friday, March 28 - Secrets
Our blood contains many secrets: an identity we have chosen to hide, crimes we have committed, children we have engendered, people to whom we are related. Blood can yield secrets about our most distant ancestry.

Explore the CBC Massey Lectures website for more details about this year's lecture and to access the Massey Lecture Archive.

Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, March 24
The degrowth movement is a relatively new contender in the economic and political debates that swirl around humanity's future. Degrowthers believe we need a more modest and sane alternative to the constant pressures of expansion that are destroying the ecological basis of our existence. Author and essayist Richard Swift explores the degrowth alternative, in theory and in practice.

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