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October 22, 2015, 6:30 PM



Ideas@50 Presents:

Famine, Shelter, War: Surviving the Next 50 Years and Beyond


Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Panel + Q&A hosted by Paul Kennedy from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Ideas 50th Anniversary Reception 8:00-9:00 pm.

The sense that the human species may be facing "the end" is all around us. Environmental collapse. Global financial meltdown. Interethnic bloodshed. Not to mention the possibility of a sixth extinction.

How will we survive? Will there be enough food? Will we all be crammed into dystopian megacities? How will we escape our long history of bloody conflict?

As CBC Radio's IDEAS commemorates its 50th anniversary, Paul Kennedy will host a thought-provoking evening in CBC Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio. On Thursday, October 22, three thought leaders will look toward the next 50 years and beyond to argue - cautiously - how humanity may not only survive, but actually thrive.

Our speakers are:

Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph and co-author of Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations;

Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner and Executive Director of the City of Toronto; &

Payam Akhavan, Professor of International Law at McGill University, Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, author of Reducing Genocide to Law: Definition, Meaning, and the Ultimate Crime and CBC Massey Lecturer for 2017.

The Ideas@50 forum will be recorded for future broadcast on CBC Radio One IDEAS.

Afterwards, there will be a reception in the lobby of Glenn Gould Studio (with cake and a cash bar) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ideas.

Tickets are waitlist only.


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To inquire about bookings at Glenn Gould Studio, site visit of our facility and/or for any further information, please contact our offices at 416-205-5000 or
Glenn Gould Studio
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
250 Front Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5V3G5
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