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Changing Kate
(formerly titled Conversion and Discovery)
Sunday, June 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Studio Theatre

Katherina Minola’s world bristles with ways to make people change — from animal training to the torture of women believed to be witches to poetry able to change the very meaning of what people do and say. But Kate has some strategies of her own — conversion tricks that are hers to play, to make herself her own person, and to shape her world.  A discussion featuring this season's Kate, Deborah Hay.

Playing With Words in Love's Labour's Lost and Hamlet
Sunday, June 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Studio Theatre

Hamlet and Love's Labour's Lost  a great tragedy and an early comedy  both call on the actors' skill with a range of different kinds of comic writing. Russell Jackson explores this vital element of Shakespeare's world of entertainment with help from company members Seana McKenna and Juan Chioran.

Raymond Laflamme
Sunday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Studio Theatre

Raymond Laflamme, Canada Research Chair in Quantum Information and protégé of Stephen Hawking, talks about imagination and curiosity in the field of theoretical physics.

Ideas at Stratford: The Massey Lectures Forum
The Discovery of the Self

Friday, July 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Studio Theatre

The idea of the self, as we understand it today, seems quite different from the way in which people of a previous era might have thought of themselves. Where does the idea of the individual self come from, and how does our sense of ourselves shape how we function in the world? What roles do culture and gender play? Featuring CBC Massey lecturer and writer for The New Yorker Adam Gopnik, with psychologist Susan Pinker and literature professor Irwin Gopnik (Adam's father) and moderated by Ideas host Paul Kennedy.

The Franklin Discovery
(formerly titled Discovering Canadian Identity)
Saturday, July 11, 10 to 11 a.m.
Avon Theatre

Jim Balsillie brings Douglas Stenton, Director of Heritage for the Government of Nunavut, Captain Bill Noon from the Canadian Coast Guard, Parks Canada underwater archaeologist Ryan Harris and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Watson to share and discuss the discovery of Franklin’s ship HMS Erebus and explore what this find means for our country, in scientific, social and cultural terms.

Ideas at Stratford: The Massey Lectures Forum
The Discovery of Other Worlds

Saturday, July 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Studio Theatre
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy," says Hamlet. If there's one thing we've learned in our time, it's that in reaching the boundaries of human knowledge, there are great puzzles. In the sciences, the new things we're finding don't fit with what we already know; in politics and human affairs, the norms of how we might live together are challenged and cracking. Featuring CBC Massey lecturer and Founding Director of the Munk Centre for Global Affairs Janice Gross Stein, with undersea explorer Dr. Joe MacInnis and science writer Jay Ingram, and moderated by Ideas host Paul Kennedy.

Ideas at Stratford: The Massey Lectures Forum
The Discovery of Democracy

Saturday, July 25, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Studio Theatre

Democracy seems to be in peril. If, not so long ago, we thought we were at the "end of history," with the seeming triumph of democracy around the world, these days we're maybe not so sure. There are challenges to the idea of a secular society, challenges to the idea of shared values. Is society infinitely elastic, embracing all, or are there norms we can legitimately demand of citizens? Very old and very new ideas leave us rethinking what we thought we knew. Featuring CBC Massey lecturer and public intellectual John Ralston Saul, with Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders and artist and writer Angela Sterritt of the Gitxsan Nation of B.C., and moderated by Ideas host Paul Kennedy.

Margaret Atwood: Shakespeare in My Work
Saturday, August 8, 10 to 11 a.m.
Avon Theatre

From John Beckwith's The Trumpets of Summer to Stone Mattress, and everything in between.

Ideas at Stratford: The Massey Lectures Forum
The Discovery of the Empty Space

Sunday, August 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Studio Theatre

When a director approaches a bare stage with a play, it's with two questions in mind: What is the story? And how can my team of actors and other artists tell this story through their bodies, these words, and the toolkit of imagination? How are we to fill this empty space? Directors of this season's productions explore the challenges of directing with Ideas host Paul Kennedy.

Ideas at Stratford: The Massey Lectures Forum
The Discovery of Human Rights

Saturday, August 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Studio Theatre

The modern concept of human rights, coming out of the ashes of World War II and the Holocaust – this idea that all of us have at least one thing in common, the right to be treated with equity and respect – has profoundly changed our world: genocide and slavery, famine and the oppression of women, are no longer acceptable norms. But what of the future? What have we achieved, and how do we move forward. Featuring diplomat and humanitarian and CBC Massey lecturer Stephen Lewis, with journalist and human rights activist Sally Armstrong and Payam Akhavan, former prosecutor with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and moderated by Ideas host Paul Kennedy.

The Science of Shakespeare
Sunday, August 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Studio Theatre

Journalist, writer and broadcaster Dan Falk discusses Shakespeare and the beginnings of modern science.

Ideas at Stratford: The Massey Lectures Forum
The Discovery of the Heart

Sunday, August 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Studio Theatre

There are visible and invisible worlds. In politics and society, we've created entire structures of law and norms of behavior, and we think that by following these outward and visible signs of how to live together, that's it, we've built a society. But then – how do so many similar societies seem to be so different? Physicists tell us that perhaps there are parallel universes. Is there a parallel universe of the Heart, where we might find the real values that make us tick? Maybe it's not law and government that makes a Good Society, maybe it's something far deeper. Featuring former governor general and CBC Massey lecturer Adrienne Clarkson, with writer Ian Brown and former street kid and United Church minister turned politician Cheri DiNovo, and moderated by Ideas host Paul Kennedy.

Hamlet's Appeal
Saturday, September 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Festival Theatre
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin presides over the appeal of Hamlet in the murder of Polonius, with Brian Greenspan and Marie Henein as opposing counsels and expert witness Dr. David Goldbloom. Tickets are free but advance reservation is encouraged.

LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium
Saturday, September 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Avon Theatre

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi delivers the thirteenth Symposium keynote on citizenship and the importance of inclusion alongside Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul. Co-presented by the Festival and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. More information about the LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium is available at the ICC website.

Exploring the Perimeter: Where Art Meets Science
Saturday, September 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Studio Theatre

Lee Smolin, co-winner of the 2014 Buchalter Prize in Cosmology, theoretical physicist and faculty member at the Perimeter Institute, and Michael Healey, playwright and adaptor of The Physicists, in a conversation on the intersections of art and science in their respective work.




HamletThe Taming of the ShrewLove's Labour's LostThe Adventures of PericlesThe Sound of MusicCarouselThe Diary of Anne FrankThe PhysicistsPossible WorldsShe Stoops to ConquerOedipus RexThe AlchemistThe Last Wife

Sustaining support for the Forum
is generously provided by
Kelly & Michael Meighen and
the T.R. Meighen Foundation

Support for the 2015 season
of the Forum is provided in
memory of Dr. W. Philip Hayman.


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