The Lafayette Lectures

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 00:00 to 02:00

WHEN: Monday, March 4, 2013, 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: Chateau Lafayette House, 42 York Street, Ottawa- in the heart of the Byward Market.

WHAT: We will be exploring the topic:

"What are the greatest challenges and hopes for education and citizenship in Canada over the next 10 years -- what's worth keeping (if anything) and what needs to change in schools in order for Canada to move forward, to becoming a more equitable society”

WHO: co-presenters/provocateurs:

- Niki Ashton, M.P. for the riding of Churchill, MB.

-Erika Shaker, director of the education project, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), and editor of the journal Our Schools / Our Selves

- Dr. Joel Westheimer, Professor & University Research Chair, Sociology of Education, University of Ottawa.

Moderator/Host: Dr. Marc Spooner, Faculty of Education, University of Regina


About the Series:

The Lafayette Lectures, is an informal discussion series where knowledgeable presenters/provocateurs are asked to each speak briefly (approx 7-10 mins) on that night’s topic to be quickly followed by small and large group audience participation. Provocateurs are asked to speak briefly (7-10 mins) uninterrupted on any aspect of the topic and then to join in the participatory, lively discussions that follow.

The Lafayette Lectures aim to disrupt the divisions exacerbated by terms such as expert, audience, lecture, keynote, layperson, parent, student, teacher, administrator, or professor, while participants are provoked into exploring new terrain and complex perspectives by knowledgeable presenters/provocateurs. The series represents one way for the university to move out of the academy and into the community to discuss critical issues that ultimately affect all of us. It provides everyone who is interested an opportunity to engage in conversations about schools, education, citizenship, and society at no cost.

A note about the Historic Chateau Lafayette House:

The Chateau Lafayette House is a public institution older than Parliament itself that has served as the people's commons for over 160 years! The inaugural Lafayette Lectures series will take place in the Historic Chateau Lafayette House— a tavern and space where many have gathered for over a century to freely speak their mind, exchange ideas, and plot change, in the very shadow of Parliament Hill itself.

Chateau Lafayette House
42 York Street, Ottawa- in the heart of the Byward Market
Ottawa , ON
45° 25' 38.3376" N, 75° 41' 31.506" W
Ontario CA
Marc Spooner

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