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IFOA@Fort York: Magna Carta and the Modern World

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 8:00 PM
Fort York
Author appearance, Keynote, Special Event: Festival
Participants: Carolyn Harris

In Tudor times, Magna Carta became an obscure legal document. It emerged from obscurity with the legal writing of Sir Edward Coke (1552–1634), who argued that the document was the foundation of all English liberties. Coke’s interpretation of Magna Carta informed the American and French Revolutions and the development of modern Canada.

Join Toronto-based historian Dr. Carolyn Harris, author of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, for a discussion of this very significant charter.

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Writing, Violence and the Human Brain: A Conversation with Steven Pinker and Ken Dryden

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 8:00 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre
Special Event: Festival
Participants: Ken Dryden, Steven Pinker

Canadian intellectuals Steven Pinker and Ken Dryden explore the surprising and far-ranging capacities of the human brain, from the writer’s narrative instinct to the athlete’s aggressive drive. Renowned cognitive scientist and linguist Pinker is the author of The Sense of Style and The Better Angels of our Nature. Former federal cabinet minister and Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Dryden is the author of The Game and Becoming Canada.

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