Justice L’Heureux-Dubé at Pro Bono Students Canada Volunteer Appreciation Event

University of Toronto Law, 2013 Click here for the video. In the following video, former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Claire Heureux-Dubé spoke at the 2013 Pro Bono Students Canada Volunteer Appreciation Event at the University of Toronto Law. The interview features Justice Heureux-Dubé’s, unfortunately cursory, reflections on some of the precedent and current case law at the Supreme Court. Madame Justice’s discussion however on the role of dissension in the legal tradition inherited in Canada and the issue of access to justice in Canada were particularly insightful. Click here for the… Read More

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

Shirin Neshat on “From Photography to Cinema”

March 19th 2013, University of California, Berkeley Click here for the video of the lecture. In this entry, we review once more one of the most #PersonallyInspiring figures we have covered here at Integrating Horizons: the Iranian born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat. In the following video of the 2013 Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, Regent’s Lecturer Series, Shirin reflects on her own “untraditional” professional journey and how it has contradicted the many structured approaches she had received at U.C. Berkeley. In her lecture, she underscored the importance of her time away from being… Read More

Philosophical Matters: The Meaning of “Being at Home” Part 2

I briefly mentioned in a previous written entry on Integrating Horizons that my own private philosophical works have been spent thinking about the meaning of what it is “to be at home”. I was interested in the different ways we currently speak of our sense of being at home, how each affects the normative significance it has in terms of how things matter to me and how this matters to institutions and governments, indeed for thinking not only about major social global issues of the past, the present, and future, but also, perhaps more or less philosophically,… 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