Massey Lectures

Since 1961 CBC Radio has been broadcasting the Massey Lectures, bringing Canadians some of the greatest minds of our times, exploring the ideas that make us who we are and asking the questions that make us better human beings. [Read more about the history of the CBC Massey Lectures]

On this page you'll find information about the 2014 CBC Massey Lectures: the tour, the broadcast, the book and the lecturer -- former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson.

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What does it mean to belong? And how do we belong? Who do we belong to?

Never before has the world experienced greater movement of peoples between countries and continents. These seismic shifts in populations have created immense challenges for all societies. They also offer new possibilities for different social models. Can belonging encompass differences, dependence, and dislikes, while upholding fundamental human rights? What's the significance of the Canadian model, which emphasizes values, immigration, parliamentary democracy, and the rule of law?

These timely and controversial subjects are at the heart of former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson's 2014 CBC Massey Lectures, Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship. Clarkson masterfully chronicles the evolution of citizenship throughout the ages from Aristotle and the Greeks to the present day. In her provocative essays, she explains why we can be both part of Canada as a country, and part of every other person who shares our land, our values and our history.

Lecture 1 - The Circle Widens

Lecture 1 - "The Circle Widens"

Wednesday, October 8 | Montreal
Venue: The D.B. Clarke Theatre, 1455 de Maisonneuve W.
Lecture 2 - The Glory that was Greece

Lecture 2 - "The Glory that was Greece"

Tuesday, October 14 | Halifax
Venue: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Lecture 3 - The Cosmopolitan Ethic

Lecture 3 - "The Cosmopolitan Ethic"

Monday, October 20 | Saskatoon
Venue: The Broadway Theatre

Lecture 4 - Ubuntu

Lecture 4 - "Ubuntu"

Wednesday, October 22 | Vancouver
Venue: The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Lecture 5 - Gross National Happiness

Lecture 5 - "Gross National Happiness"

Tuesday, October 28 - 7 pm | Toronto
Venue: Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St W.
Tickets on sale Monday, August 4. Purchase tickets here.
** Ticket prices vary by city. Check local information after on-sale date.

The five-part series will be broadcast on Ideas the week of November 10, 2014.

massey-2014-adrienne-clarkson.jpgThe Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson stands alone when it comes to providing compelling insights into Canadian culture. The former governor general of Canada, Ms. Clarkson has travelled the breadth and depth of the country, articulating the importance of involved citizenship, and engaging Canadians in a spirited dialogue about our shared history.

Ms. Clarkson began her distinguished career in journalism at the CBC in 1965. She has had challenging roles as a host, writer, producer and director. She served as the first Agent-General for Ontario in Paris from 1982 to 1987, when she became President and Publisher of McClelland and Stewart. In 1988, she returned to the CBC as executive producer, host and writer for the programs Adrienne Clarkson's Summer Festival and Adrienne Clarkson Presents.

She is the author of Heart Matters, her bestselling autobiography, as well as a biography of Norman Bethune. Ms. Clarkson is a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 1999, she was appointed Governor General of Canada.

Born in Hong Kong, Ms. Clarkson came to Canada as a refugee in 1942 and settled with her family in Ottawa. She earned an Honours B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto's Trinity College before undertaking post-graduate studies at the Sorbonne in France. Upon leaving the office of Governor General, Ms. Clarkson and John Ralston Saul founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), a national, non-profit charity that helps accelerate new citizens' integration into Canadian life through original programs, collaborations and unique volunteer opportunities. Both currently serve as the organization's Co-Chairs.The ICC will be our Community Partner for all five cities of the 2014 CBC Massey Lectures tour.

photo credit: Michael Chambers