Dr. Charles Taylor and Dr. Roger Scruton on the Sacred and the Secular

Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton, McGill University, 2014 Click here for the video.  In 2014, McGill University hosted a panel discussion with philosophers Charles Taylor and Roger Scruton on the sacred and the secular in modernity. The panel discussion took part within a broader conference titled Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton which had examined the ways the secular has been shaped by the sacred. The central question this particular panel was concerned however was whether a secular public sphere could continue to regulate and find within itself shared ethical sources without public religious… Read More

Justice Murray Sinclair At the Symposium on Reconciliation

Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission. At the Centre for First Nations Governance Click here for the video. In the following selection of presentations for the 2011 Symposium on Reconciliation, Justice Murray Sinclair’s lecture spoke about the meaning of reconciliation in Canada and his work as Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Reconciliation, Justice Sinclair notes, is a non-Aboriginal problem as much as to Aboriginal one because it is something that not only happened to Aboriginal people but it is also something that “Canada did to itself”. It is important… Read More

Justice Murray Sinclair on “The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada”

Justice Murray Sinclair on “The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada” Commission Chair, Justice Murray Sinclair In the following interview, Justice Murray Sinclair speaks about his role as Chair and Head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and what the history of the residential schools means not only to Aboriginal peoples but also for Canada. One of the important tasks of the TRC, he notes, is to provide a space for survivors to feel that they are being listened to in a serious way and that their stories are… Read More

The Damaging Effects of Discrimination Conference 2014

The Damaging Effects of Discrimination: Presented by Dalhousie’s Multifaith Centre Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia The purpose for the Damaging Effects of Discrimination Conference was to expand our awareness of discrimination in our cities and how to address this problem in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. The discussions provided an opportunity to think about discrimination in the context of the growing importance of community and its changing daily expectations by our expanding awareness of racial, lingual and religious plurality in our societies. The question as a philosopher became for me one of addressing discrimination in… Read More