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Text in the top left corner says, "CBC Ideas Week: Brave New Worlds." Text in the centre says, "Rights for the Future". Nahlah Ayed, host of CBC Ideas, stands with her arms casually crossed.

CBC IDEAS AT STRATFORD

RIGHTS FOR THE FUTURE

Lazaridis Hall, Tom Patterson Theatre
Sunday, July 21, 2024
10:30 a.m. to noon
CBC Ideas Week: Brave New Worlds

How do we create a better world? How do we articulate the kind of future we want to live in, something that has never been tried before? This 5-part series, moderated by CBC Ideas host Nahlah Ayed, explores efforts throughout history to imagine new possibilities and make them real by focusing on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Born out of the devastation of the Second World War, the Universal Declaration sought to set the world on a new course. The rights it sought to uphold have evolved over the decades since, at times widely upheld, at others eroded and denied. Each panel charts the state of one of these human rights through the years. What kind of new world were these rights supposed to create? What do they mean in the 21st century, and can their ideals be reimagined in the service of new utopias? What’s the relationship between rights and realities, between calling for a more just world - and actually bringing it into being?


Rights for the Future 

If the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were rewritten today, what rights would we add to strive for a more just world? The right to a healthy environment? The right to communicate? In the final panel, Nahlah Ayed and guests look beyond our fractured present and try to imagine what new rights we need for our own millennium.

Support for The Meighen Forum is generously provided by Kelly & Michael Meighen and the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation.

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