Walter Gordon Symposium on Public Policy – March 26 and 27, 2014

Massey College and the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance are co-hosting the annual Walter Gordon Symposium on Public Policy on March 26 and 27, 2014.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the College, this year’s edition of the symposium will celebrate the legacy of its founder Vincent Massey  by revisiting  the 1951 Massey Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences in Canada. Against a backdrop of significant budgetary constraints and ongoing technological change, now is an ideal time to re-visit some of questions posed by the Massey Commission over 60 years ago. And you are invited, along with practitioners and policy makers, to be a part of that discussion.

The symposium’s keynote discussion on March 26 at 8pm at the George Ignatieff Theatre will feature Karen Kain (former Canadian prima ballerina and now Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada), Alexander Neef (General Director, Canadian Opera Company) and Jennifer Tarver (Artistic Director, Necessary Angel Theatre Company). The discussion will be moderated by Massey’s own John Fraser,  a former dance, music and theatre critic for the Globe and Mail and later editor-in-chief of Saturday Night magazine.

The symposium will also offer an opportunity to reflect upon the future of public broadcasting in Canada in a panel that will include Trina McQueen (former Head of News, Current Affairs and Newsworld at CBC, former President of CTV News), Mark Damazer (Master of St. Peter’s College, Oxford, and the former controller of BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 7) and Jeffrey Dvorkin (Former Vice President of News and Ombudsman for NPR, and former Managing Editor and Chief Journalist for CBC Radio). Other panels and plenary discussions will consider the adequacy of funding for the arts, the role of artists in projecting Canadian soft power abroad and the role of the arts as a vector of social cohesion for the Canadian society.

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