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Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy

This series will weave together many of the themes in Compassion and attempt to stimulate debate about why very different attitudes to social policy exist across the world. What role do social movements, religion, class structures, racism, sexism, and various ideologies and forms of government play at different times in creating a particular set of social policies? This series was very popular when given recently to the Edmonton Lifelong Learning Association (ELLA).

Time:1:30-3:30 PM
Dates:Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021
Facilitator:George Melnyk


Dr. Alvin Finkel is Professor Emeritus of History at Athabasca University. He co-authored the two-volume History of the Canadian People as well as books on social policy and labour history. Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy is his latest book, the first attempt by any scholar to tell the global story of the provision of aid to the vulnerable in human societies from early times to the present.

• Dr. Finkel won’t assign any readings, but will refer to sections of the book if people want to get the book from a library or online store.

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