Inaugural annual Jack Layton lecture

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 22:30
Ryerson Theatre
43 Gerrard Street East
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 33.2676" N, 79° 22' 46.29" W
Ontario CA

The inaugural lecture in an annual Jack Layton lecture series:

Reimagining, restoring, and reclaiming democracy.

Speaker: Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus - Department of Philosophy, McGill University

“Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than
despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
- Jack Layton | Former Professor, Ryerson Department of Politics and Public Administration 


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