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2019 Events (in reverse chronological order)
Sunday, December 1st, 2019 (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
at Rockcliffe Park Community Centre Hall, Ottawa
Canada - India Bilateral Relations
by Gillian Frost
Executive Director, South Asian Division, Global Affairs Canada

Event Poster

Synopsis: Ms. Frost has been working on Canada-India bilateral relations for over four years, including a 3-year assignment in Delhi as the Political/Economic Counsellor. Ms. Frost will provide a current overview of Canada-India bilateral relations (political, commercial, security), highlighting India's importance for Canada and the region. She will also be happy to share some of her personal experiences while living and working in the region.

About the Speaker: Gillian Frost is the Executive Director of the South Asia Division, covering political/trade/development for India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. Previously Gillian was the Head of the Political/Economic Section at the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, with responsibility for Nepal and Bhutan as well. Other assignments overseas included Afghanistan from 2011 to 2013 as Deputy Head of the Political Section, and Geneva from 2006 to 2009 where Gillian worked on disarmament and arms control issues. Previous positions in Ottawa have included: Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Senior Policy Advisor for Canada's chairmanship of the G20 in 2010; and, policy advisor on regional security issues and Asia-Pacific, including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Gillian received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (specialization in international relations) from the University of Toronto and her Master of Arts in Political Science (specialization in international relations) from McMaster University. She also has a degree in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

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Sunday, November 10th, 2019 (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
at Rockcliffe Park Community Centre Hall, Ottawa
Understanding Indian Thought Through Dance
by Rama Vadiyanathan
(the speaker is sponsored by the College of the Humanities of Carleton University)

Event Poster

Synopsis: The talk brings to light how classical dance unfolds the tenets of Hinduism, while exploring the indelible element of spirituality in Indian creativity.

About the Speaker: Rama Vaidyanathan is a leading exponent of Bharatanatyam, a popular classical dance form of India. She is undoubtedly one of the most sought after artists of her generation having carved a name for herself in the Bharatanatyam World. She has trained intensively under the legendary dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy and the renowned Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. Everyone who has seen Rama perform is struck by her unique thought process and fresh approach to dance. While deeply routed in tradition, she has evolved her own individual style without forsaking the core principles of Bharata Natyam. She brings to her dance a rare sense of devotion and dedication, which leaves the audience with a sense of spiritual fulfillment.

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 (7:00 - 9:00 PM)
at Palki Cuisine of India
The Digital Ecosystem and Canada's Election
by Elizabeth Dubois, Ph.D.

Event Poster

Synopsis: From disinformation to memes to political advertising, digital media are being used to generate and share information in new ways. In this talk we review the various kinds of actors and tools found in a digital ecosystem and use the case of the October 21st Federal Election in Canada to explore that ecosystem. We will discuss the use of political bots and automation, political memes, and political advertising in particular.

About the Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Dubois (PhD, University of Oxford) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. She is also a Fellow at the Public Policy Forum of Canada and member of Assembly based at Harvard's Berkman-Klein Center. Her work examines political uses of digital media including media manipulation, citizen engagement, and artificial intelligence. She leads a multi-disciplinary team which includes political scientists, computer scientists, and communication students. She collaborates internationally with non-profits, technology companies, journalists, and academics. Her public writing has appeared in Maclean's, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Policy Options, The Conversation, Salon and been featured in many others. Find her on Twitter @lizdubois, at www.elizabethdubois.ca, or check out her latest article, The Echo Chamber is Overstated

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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

Transcript

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

Event Poster

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.