PEN Partners with Spur Festival

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PEN Canada enters its second year in partnership with the Spur Festival of politics, art, and ideas with events in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Vancouver. 

Spurring conversations across the country

Spur Festival arrives in Toronto on April 3, where PEN will co-host two events that explore big questions.

On April 3, at the Toronto Reference Library, we ask: Who Owns Our Secrets? This free panel discussion of privacy, intellectual property and free speech will be moderated by CBC Radio’s Day 6 host Brent Bambury and will include former Assistant Director of CSIS Ray Boisvert, the University of Ottawa’s Dr. Michael Geist, Queen’s University Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, Dr. David Lyon, and Micheal Vonn, Policy Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association. The event will be followed by an opening party.

On April 5, we co-present Art & War at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Internationally renowned photojournalists Rita Leistner and Mike Kamber and veteran Newsweek editor Jamie Wellford will consider the question: “How do you responsibly photograph a war zone?”

Through nationally relevant and locally nuanced discussions, presentations and performances, the festival seeks to spur its audiences into action on a wide range of social, cultural and political issues.

PEN co-presented the kickoff event Signal vs. Noise at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on March 20. The conversation between Paul Holdengräber, director of programs at the New York Public Library, George Prochnik, author of The Pursuit of Silence, and Canadian ethicist Arthur Schafer, delved into the search for meaning in a media-saturated world. Read reviews of Spur Winnipeg here.

On May 22, PEN will partner again with Spur on opening night of its Vancouver festival to host a conversation between Holdengräber and technology critic Evgeny Morozov.

Full event listings for the Spur festival are available here.

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