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Massey Panel Clip 1: "Is culture something we're born with or people develop over time?"

Part of the 2013 CBC Massey Lectures panel discussion, "Is Race A Fiction?" which you can watch in it's entirety at cbc.ca/masseys. "...people are afraid to be alone...to find out who they actually are...people want downloadable identities" In this clip, you see Priscila Uppal, a poet, novelist, playwright and York University Professor in the Department of English. The panel asks: If blood should tie you to family, country and race. It is moderated by Ideas host Paul Kennedy. The other panelists are: Lawrence Hill is the author of Blood: The Stuff of Life, his ninth book. His earlier works include the novels Some Great Thing, and the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. Hayden King is an Anishinaabe writer, student, teacher, researcher at Ryerson University, McMaster University and Beausoleil First Nation. Karina Vernon is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and co-founder and editor of Commodore Books, the first black literary press in western Canada. Other questions explored in this panel include: What happens to personal identity when race is removed as a marker of who you are? What happens when we use the term "culture" to replace the idea of race?" To learn more about the Massey Lectures and immerse yourself in an interactive site of content related to this year's lectures, visit the CBC Massey Lectures website http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/masseys/

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