Venue: Samuel Bronfman Building, Concordia University 1590 Dr. Penfield (Corner Cote-des-neiges) (map)
In her new book, Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political, veteran activist Judy Rebick explains how globalization and mass communication technology are revolutionizing our understanding of power and producing profound new ideas about social and political life. Whether it's the election of President Obama, the rise of democracy in Bolivia, or the success of Wikipedia, it's the process that's key: bringing communities of people together to produce something new; building a movement from the bottom up; sharing experience, knowledge and wisdom; emphasizing co-operation and consensus over confrontation and political partisanship.
Meaningful response to the environmental crisis and social injustice requires substantial, sustainable change at every level, which can only come through building power from the grass roots, from the people most impacted. In Transforming Power we discover the ideas, the people and the practices that can provide the paths to the change we need.
Middle East correspondent of the UK newspaper The Independent, Robert Fisk has spent more than 30 years living in and reporting from the region and has won many international awards for his work. He will be sharing some of his thoughts. His most recent book is “The Age of the Warrior: Selected Writings” (2008).
Fisk will present on Thursday, February 19, 2009, Time: 7 pm, Place: Concordia University, Hall Building, Auditorium H11, Montreal. Seat reservations are required. The auditorium at Concordia will be full, so make sure to reserve a seat immediately for his presentation: send an email to F19Fisk@gmail.com.
Fisk will also present in French, Friday, Feb. 20, 7 pm. UQAM, Pavillion DeSeve, Salle DS-R510, Montreal. No reservation needed. He will speak in English Saturday, Feb. 21, 7pm at the University of Ottawa, Marion Hall. No reservation needed.
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