The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson will deliver this year's CBC Massey Lectures
based on the theme of Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship
. Beginning October 8th, Clarkson will present individual lectures in Montreal, Halifax, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Toronto. Please visit cbc.ca/masseys
for more information.
The lectures will chronicle the evolution of citizenship throughout the ages: from Aristotle and the Greeks to present-day citizenship based on values, consensus and pluralism. Adrienne Clarkson argues that a sense of belonging is a necessary mediation between an individual and a society. Clarkson places particular emphasis on the Canadian model, which promotes immigration, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, and the First Nations circle, which embodies notions of expansion and equality.
Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship by Clarkson is published by House of Anansi and will be available in September. 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. Clarkson began her award-winning career in journalism at the CBC, in 1965. She is the author of Heart Matter, her bestselling autobiography, as well as a biography of Norman Bethune. For her outstanding contributions, Clarkson was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1992, and as a Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order upon her appointment as Governor General in 1999.
The 2014 CBC Massey Lectures will air on CBC Radio One's IDEAS from November 10-14, 2014 at 9 pm (9:30 NT).