This fall marks 50 years of the Massey Lectures, CBC's thought-provoking lecture series. Best-selling author, essayist, cultural observer, and famed New Yorker magazine contributor Adam Gopnik delivers this year's lectures on a quintessential Canadian subject -- winter. CBC Massey Lectures travel to five cities -- Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton Vancouver and Toronto - to present and record this year's lectures.

In his wide-ranging yet intimate tour of the season, Gopnik illustrates how science, economics, psychology and religion made for a new and modern idea of winter, emphasizing a recurring theme: our love for the winter world outdoors can't be separated from the struggle to understand our own interior world.

The Massey Lectures are named in honour of the late Governor General of Canada, Vincent Massey. CBC Radio has commissioned the lectures annually since 1961 with the aim of providing a forum on radio where major contemporary thinkers could address the important issues of our time. Among the Massey Lecturers of the past 50 years are Martin Luther King Jr. (1967), Jane Jacobs (1979), Noam Chomsky (1988), Michael Ignatieff (2000), Stephen Lewis (2005) and Margaret Atwood (2008).

If you miss this, all five of the 2010 Massey Lectures will be broadcast on Ideas, the week of November 7 to 11, 2011.

The 2011 Massey Lectures LIVE LECTURE in TORONTO is presented by CBC Toronto
When: Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. Remembering Winter; The Season in Silence
Where: Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West
Admission: To purchase tickets please visit Massey Tickets

For a complete list of other venues and ticket information, please visit IDEAS.


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