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The Year 1963: Social Revolutions. CBC Ideas Week. Talks & Interviews.



Lazaridis Hall, Tom Patterson Theatre
Friday, July 21, 2023
10:30 a.m. to noon
CBC Ideas Week: The Shock of the New—The Twentieth Century

Two world wars, the collapse of empires, the birth of new nations - the twentieth century was nothing less than a reset of the entire world order. After tremendous upheaval the political and social orders of the past were remade, replaced by new shapes and structures, new ideas that were supposed to be more equitable, more aspirational. The results are uneven, and our societies today are a work in progress. 

Five years in the twentieth century, five snapshots of great upheaval: Ideas explores the conflicting ideas that have shaped our world today. This CBC Ideas series, hosted by Nahlah Ayed, explores the remaking of social life, the civil rights movement, the AIDS crisis, new gender roles - and the corrupting effects of power.

The Year 1963: Social Revolutions

Martin Luther King Jr. leads a march on Washington, the Pan-African movement ushers in a new era for Africa, President Kennedy is assassinated, and the war in Vietnam heats up.


Candace Sobers is an Associate Professor of Global and International Studies at Carleton University. She is an historian of the Cold War international relations and intellectual history.

Paul Lawrie is a historian of Afro-America whose research examines the intersections of race, labor, disability, urbanism and time in modern America.

Andrew Cohen is a professor of journalism at Carleton University. His latest book is Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours That Made History.

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

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