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CBC Ideas at Stratford

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Lazaridis Hall, Tom Patterson Theatre

Cost: From $29

CBC Ideas Week: The Shock of the New – The Twentieth Century

Two world wars, the collapse of empires, the birth of new nations – the twentieth century was nothing less than a reset of the entire world order. After tremendous upheaval the political and social orders of the past were remade, replaced by new shapes and structures, new ideas that were supposed to be more equitable, more aspirational. The results are uneven, and our societies today are a work in progress.

Five years in the twentieth century, five snapshots of that great upheaval: Ideas explores the conflicting ideas that have shaped our world today. This CBC Ideas series, hosted by Nahlah Ayed, explores the remaking of social life, the civil rights movement, the AIDS crisis, new gender roles – and the corrupting effects of power.

The Year 1919: Dividing the Spoils, July 19

After WW1, the Western powers create new borders and carve out spheres of influence, Pan-Africanists fight for a new future, unrest in China foreshadows the future, the League of Nations is formed, and Kemal Atatürk launches a war of independence in Turkey.

The Year 1938: The Winds of War, July 20

On the eve of WWII, Hitler annexes Austria and escalates the persecution of Jews, Japan wages war on China, the oil industry explodes in the Middle East, and the discovery of nuclear fission sets the stage for disaster.

The Year 1963: Social Revolutions, July 21

Martin Luther King Jr. leads a march on Washington, the Pan-African movement ushers in a new era for Africa, President Kennedy is assassinated, and the war in Vietnam heats up.

The Year 1973: The Dictators, July 22

Augusto Pinochet comes to power in Chile, and dictators also rule Portugal, Greece, Uganda… and beyond. The OPEC oil embargo sets the world on a new path. In the U.S., Richard Nixon insists he’s not a crook, and the Supreme Court legalizes abortion in Roe v. Wade.

The Year 1989: Uprisings and Downfalls, July 23

The Berlin Wall comes tumbling down, there are democratic uprisings in Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary, and a riot in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The National Commission on AIDS launches, and this thing called the ‘world wide web’ is proposed.






Jul 19 2023


10:30 am - 12:00 pm


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


Stratford Festival