Ideas at Stratford: The Shock of the New
Why does change happen? Human society seems to lean towards things not changing at all. And why do there seem to be moments in history where a tsunami of significant things happen at more-or-less the same time? And what about events perhaps years beforehand, the tremors that might have set the stage for the earthquake?
Moderated by Ideas host Nahlah Ayed, The Shock of the New is a series of panel discussions about five years that profoundly shaped the modern world, ‘hinge’ years that have had a profound effect on our lives today. Each year signifies a ‘new beginning’ in politics, the sciences, human rights - and illuminates some of the obvious and not-so-obvious forces that have shaped the modern world.
In photo: Nahlah Ayed
The Year 1833: Evolution and Entrenchment
Britain abolishes slavery and introduces crucial labour rights, Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbidge invent the computer, and Charles Darwin has a revelation that will revolutionize science and challenge religions - but his work will also be used to justify the ongoing oppression of people of colour.
Maydianne Andrade is a professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto and President and co-Founder of the Canadian Black Scientists Network (CBSN) She has a strong affinity for public science education, and hosts the podcast The New Normal.
Mark Kingwell is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. His research is largely in areas of politics and culture; he’s written over twenty books, which have been translated into ten languages, and he lectures to academic and popular audiences around the world.
Sandra den Otter is a professor of History at Queen’s University who studies late 18th, 19th and 20th century British history and the relationship between Britain and the world. She specializes in the history of colonial legal cultures, intellectual history, and the history of the social sciences.