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CBC IDEAS AT STRATFORD: BRAVE NEW WORLDS

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CBC Ideas Week: Brave New Worlds

How do we create a better world? How do we articulate the kind of future we want to live in, something that has never been tried – or dreamed of – before? This 5-part series, moderated by CBC Ideas host Nahlah Ayed, explores efforts throughout history to imagine new possibilities and make them real – by focusing on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Born out of the devastation of the Second World War, the Universal Declaration sought to set the world on a new course. The rights it sought to uphold have evolved over the decades since, at times widely upheld, at others eroded and denied. Each panel charts the state of one of these human rights through the years. What kind of new world were these rights supposed to create? What do they mean in the 21st century, and can their ideals be reimagined in the service of new utopias? What’s the relationship between rights and realities, between calling for a more just world – and actually bringing it into being?

THE RIGHT TO SECURITY: ARTICLE 3, July 17

The right to “life, liberty, and security of person” is one of the most important – but most contested – rights we have. In this panel, Nahlah Ayed and guests explore what the right to security could mean, and how it could transform our world.

THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY: ARTICLE 12, July 18

Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation.” It’s a right with profound implications for our lives in the 21st century, from digital surveillance to sexuality and autonomy.

THE RIGHTS TO LEAVE, TO RETURN, AND TO SEEK ASYLUM: ARTICLES 13 AND 14, July 19

According to the The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.” We also have a right to seek “asylum from persecution” in other countries. At a time when more people are forcibly displaced than at any other point in recorded history, Nahlah Ayed and her guests discuss where the rights to leave, return and seek asylum came from, and what they could mean today.

THE RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF THOUGHT AND EXPRESSION: ARTICLES 18 AND 19, July 20

The guarantee to freedom of thought, as well as the freedom to express those thoughts, is especially resonant in our own time. In his novel 1984, Orwell proposed a future of “thought-crime” and in many places that day has arrived; freedom of opinion is under even greater threat – social media everywhere exposes and places individuals under threat for what they say and do.

RIGHTS FOR THE FUTURE, July 21

If the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were rewritten today, what rights would we add to strive for a more just world? The right to a healthy environment? The right to communicate? In the final panel, Nahlah Ayed and guests look beyond our fractured present and try to imagine what new rights we need for our own millennium.

Date

Jul 17 2024

Time

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location

Tom Patterson Theatre
111 Lakeside Dr, Stratford, ON N5A 3C1

Organizer

Stratford Festival
Phone
800-567-1600
Email
guestservices@stratfordfestival.ca
Website
https://stratfordfestival.ca