The Inaugural Annual Jack Layton Lecture ( 2012 )

"Reimagining, Restoring and Reclaiming Democracy"
with speaker
Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus
Department of Philosophy, McGill University

  • September 20,  2012

  • TIME: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

  • WHERE: Ryerson Theatre
    43 Gerrard Street East, Toronto

Ed Broadbent, 2nd Annual Jack Layton Lecture ( 2013 )

Following last year’s inaugural speech by Charles Taylor, Ryerson University has invited Ed Broadbent to deliver this year’s sophomore edition of the Jack Layton Lecture.

Ed Broadbent’s lecture is titled Social Democracy: Dead as the Dodo or the Only Option?

In this important speech, Ed Broadbent connects the philosophy and historical successes of social democracy with today’s social and political challenges. Over the past fifty years, social democrats – both in government and out – have achieved great progress.

The creation of the middle class, the extension of new rights to previously disadvantaged groups like women and gays and lesbians, and an openness to new movements like environmentalism are some of the many advances that social democracy can claim credit for.

But what now?

Are the dreams of social democracy and the cherished social programmes of Canadians still affordable?

Broadbent’s answer is yes.

And he urges a confident reassertion of the social democratic values cherished by Canadians and a political leadership that will take us beyond indifference and cynicism to build a better Canada for us all.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

The Jack Layton Lecture is organized by the Jack Layton Chair at Ryerson University.

For further information, please contact Myer Siemiatycki, Jack Layton Chair, at

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
6:30 p.m.
George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
245 Church St., Toronto, Ontario

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