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In 1961 H.G. Walker, the general manager of the English CBC network, announced that each year the CBC would invite a noted scholar to present a series of ½ hour radio broadcasts. Entitled “The Massey Lectures,” the series has been presented annually with a few exceptions. Although international in scope, the list of lecturers includes many Canadian authors, scientists, and academics such as John Kenneth Galbraith, Michael Ignatieff, Thomas King, Stephen Lewis, and Margaret Atwood to name but a few. The lectures are available through the CBC website, as well as print and E-book format from both the Calgary Public Library and the Canadian publisher, House of Anansi Press.

Concept: A Time-Limited Study Group. In the study group format, participants research a topic and prepare a presentation to the group. In this case, each participant will select one of the Massey Lectures and prepare a presentation as a basis for study and discussion.

Format: At each meeting, one of the participants will present a brief biography of the lecturer, the social and political context that made the topic relevant, and highlights of the lecture. Presentations (excluding discussion) usually last 20 to 30 minutes.

Duration: 10 -12 meetings (depending on number of registrants)

When:First meeting: Friday March 26. At the first meeting, the group members will introduce themselves, select a lecture, and review the proposed frequency of meeting every other Friday.
Time:10:00 - 11:30 AM
Dates:Apr 9, 23; May 7; June 4, 18; July 16; Aug 6, 20; Sept 10, 24; Oct 1, 15, 29, 2021
Where:Online with Zoom
Facilitator:  Blair Pierce
Register:To register* or for more information, please contact Facilitator

*Before you register, you must be a member of CALL.

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