We recognize world peace will come, not through one simple act but rather as the final outcome of thousands of smaller undertakings. Dialogue plays a key role and we seek to encourage this with the following inspiring speakers, promoting culture of peace in our communities. Drawing on a diverse selection of local and international speakers, the Mir Lecture Series delivers new views on community and global issues.
The History and Politics of Antifascism
Confronting the resurgence of fascism and white supremacy in the United States and beyond, the oppositional movement known as Antifa has recently sparked heated debate about violence, free speech, and strategies for stopping the Far Right.
But what is this movement, where did it come from, and where will it go from here?
Join historian and movement scholar Mark Bray as he tackles these and other questions. Bray is a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe who was one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street.
Bray is the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, and is the co-editor of Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Review, Foreign Policy, Critical Quarterly, and numerous edited volumes. He is currently a lecturer at Dartmouth College.
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7 pm
Location: Civic Theatre, 719 Vernon Street, Nelson
Tickets: $17 general public/ $15 students and seniors (Tickets available online, March 5, at the Nelson Civic Theatre Box Office. Go to: https://civictheatre.ca and click on "Buy Tickets." Tickets also available at the door.)
After a summer of smoke, can Canada leap to a safer place?
These past months have seen historic fires and a punishing hurricane season converge: sometimes it can seem like the world is burning, drowning, or both. The climate crisis is in our face now, no matter how much we may want to avoid it. But can this heightened sense of emergency catalyze real action to confront climate change and build a fairer society all at once?
After 25 years as a journalist and filmmaker, in 2015 Avi Lewis devoted himself full time to working for climate justice. With his customary wit and piercing argument, he deconstructs Justin Trudeau’s Pan-Canadian climate plan, offers a vision of a truly just transition for all of us trapped in the fossil fuel economy, and recounts how the Leap Manifesto has raised the hackles of the establishment and inspired activists around the world.
Date: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre, 421 Victoria St., Nelson, BC
Cost: $22 for general public; $18 students and seniors.
Advance tickets available at the Capitol Box Office or at the door. TICKETS GO ON SALE SEPT. 29.
To learn more about the Mir Lecture Series, contact Cara-Lee Malange at 250.365.1261.