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  • Monday March 27, 2017

    2016 Massey Lectures - The Return to History - Lecture 1

    Lecture 1: The Return of History

    We see human rights in danger all over the world, little progress in social mobility, the rise of right-wing and centralist governments and the mass fleeing of peoples towards western countries. If there is no end point of political development, and the world is unpredictable, then where do we look for the shape of the future? In the 2016 CBC Massey Lectures, Jennifer Welsh explores how pronouncements about the "end of history" may have been premature.

    Posted: Mar 27, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017 10:07 AM ET
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  • Friday March 24, 2017

    Temple of Bel - Palmyra, Syria

    Saving Syria: keeping war-torn culture alive

    Destruction and displacement -- that's the story of Syria today. Paul Kennedy talks with three Syrians who believe in other Syrias, with stories about love, and laughter, and the smell of jasmine and tarragon. Maamoun Abdulkarim risks his life rescuing stolen ancient artefacts. Ghada Alatrash translates the work of poets still coping with life in Syria. And journalist, Alia Malek writes about the history of Syria through the story of her family.

    Posted: Mar 24, 2017 10:57 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 24, 2017 2:33 PM ET
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  • Thursday March 23, 2017

    Return of Michif Boy

    Return of the Michif Boy: Confronting Métis trauma

    PhD student Jesse Thistle was once a high school drop-out who spent more than a decade in and out of homeless shelters, consumed by drug and alcohol addiction. By reconnecting with his birth mother and spending time with his Métis elders he came to understand the effects of intergenerational trauma. His award-winning historical research shines a light on the struggles and the resilience of Métis 'road-side allowance' communities in northern Saskatchewan.

    Posted: Mar 23, 2017 10:42 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 24, 2017 5:11 PM ET
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  • Wednesday March 22, 2017

    2016 Sobey Art Award - Jeremy Shaw

    The 2016 Sobey Art Award: The New Masters, Part 2

    In today's art we often glimpse the future. The Sobey Art Award celebrates the best in Canadian contemporary art by artists aged 40 and under, awarding a total of $100,000 to five selected artists -- of which half goes to the winner. IDEAS profiles the five regional finalists.

    Posted: Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 22, 2016 11:57 AM ET
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  • Tuesday March 21, 2017

    The Inquisition

    A Peasant vs The Inquisition: Cheese, Worms and the Birth of Micro-history

    Celebrated historian Carlo Ginzburg uncovers the past by telling the stories of the marginalized, the forgotten, and the suppressed. His most famous work, "The Cheese and the Worms", recounts the story of a 16th century miller who was tried twice by the Inquisition and eventually put to death. The trial records reveal a fascinating worldview that might have been lost forever -- and given the Fascist persecution of Ginzburg's family, he's got a stake in revealing histories that would otherwise be lost.

    Posted: Mar 21, 2017 10:44 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 21, 2017 4:22 PM ET
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  • Monday March 20, 2017

    Albie Sachs

    Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs on loving your enemy into defeat

    Longtime freedom fighter, activist, lawyer and judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court, Albie Sachs has lived many lives. Injured by a car bomb in Mozambique, he had every right to be bitter and angry, but he turned instead to "soft vengeance"- loving your enemy into defeat, working to make a country that would be fair for everyone.

    Posted: Mar 20, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 30, 2016 12:34 PM ET
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