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2019 Events (in reverse chronological order)
Sunday, September 29th, 2019 (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
at Rockcliffe Park Community Centre Hall, Ottawa
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
by the Hon. David Kilgour, J.D.

Event Poster

Synopsis: The talk will be premised on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and the widespread perception that for most Canadians all people everywhere should be treated by national and international governments with equal dignity and respect. Three persecuted communities in differing parts of the world will be discussed briefly as case studies from this perspective. Questions and free discussion will follow.

About the Speaker: David Kilgour is the former Secretary of State for Latin America and Africa (1997-2002) and Asia-Pacific (2002-2003) in the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean Chretien. He represented south-east Edmonton in the House of Commons from 1979 to 2006 during eight Parliaments. He was born in 1941 in Winnipeg. Graduating from high school with the Governor General's medal, he studied economics at the University of Manitoba and graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He later did doctoral studies in constitutional law at the Faculty of Law at the Sorbonne in Paris. Mr. Kilgour's passion for multi-party democracy, human rights and justice for all began in community service. He stepped down as a Member of Parliament in 2006 to become an advocate for human dignity and good governance internationally. He and David Matas were nominated in 2010 for the Nobel Peace Prize for their book, Bloody Harvest, and campaign to end party-state-run organ abuse across China. He is a volunteer at the Ottawa Mission for homeless men and a member of its Foundation. He is co-chair of the NGO Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran, a Senior Fellow of both the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and the Macdonald Laurier Institute. He also sits on the boards of the Helsinki-based First Step Forum, Ethiopiaid Canada, the Educational Foundation of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians, and the session of Westminster Church. Along with travel, music and writing, he loves biking. He is married to Laura Scott Kilgour. They have three daughters and a son and live in Ottawa.

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Sunday, May 26th, 2019 (2:45 - 5:00 PM)
at Rockcliffe Park Community Centre Hall, Ottawa
How is Indian Tradition Surviving in the 21st Century?
by Anjali Patil

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Synopsis: India is an epitome of tradition. Diversity, multiculturalism, the political lansdcape, prosperity, social media, and the use of different technologies have modernized India. Yet surprisingly, Indians have been able to hold on to traditions passed down through generations. India is a melange of parallel opposites where extreme wealth exisits with extreme poverty, modern architecture sits alongside dilapidated ruins, twerking is incorporated into Indian dance and off-the-shoulder Versace gowns are replacing the classic sari. This discussion will focus on survival of tradition, changing perspectives and creating economies.

About the Speaker: Canadian-born dancer and choreographer Anjali Patil has been trained in India under reknowned masters of classical Indian dance Kathak. She is founder and artistics director of Aroha Fine Arts, one of only a handful of organizations working in the professional Kathak dance milieu.

ICFC DISCLAIMER:
The content of, and views expressed in, the lectures and audience discussions are entirely those of the speakers and individual members of the audience.  ICFC has no responsibility or liability for any views expressed and comments made and interpretations thereof.