2023 MacKay Lecture Series: Our Aesthetic Possibilities (lecture 3) featuring Hannah Moscovitch

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed playwright and TV-writer, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Hannah has been described as “Canada’s most prominent playwright” by the Globe & Mail, “the dark angel of Canadian theatre” by the Toronto Star, and “the wunderkind of Canadian theatre” by CBC. Hannah has written sixteen plays and been honoured with numerous awards for her work, including Canada’s highest literary honour, the Governor General’s Award. She has also received the Trillium Book Award, the Nova Scotia MasterWorks Arts Award and the prestigious international Windham-Campbell Prize administered by the Beinecke Library at Yale University. In television, Hannah was the Co-Creator, Executive Producer, and Head Writer of Little Bird alongside show runner Jennifer Podemski for Crave and APTN Lumi. Ahead of its premiere date, Little Bird won the Prix Public or Audience Award at the international TV festival, Series Mania, in Lille, France.  Most recently, Hannah was Co-Executive Producer on season one and season two of AMC’s hit series Interview With The Vampire.



Scotiabank Auditorium, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Ave, Halifax


Free and open to the public

Additional Information

The three lectures in this year's MacKay Lecture Series will explore academic and artistic perspectives on what cultural production means in our current moment. Taken as an umbrella term, “art-making” refers to cultural production from across multiple fields of practice, from literature to performance art, from music to painting, from screenwriting to memoir and the essay form. As the conditions for making art are continually shifting under the weight of different pressures, be they local or global, today’s artists are also working under a changing mixture of technological, social, cultural, health, and economic conditions that are rapidly re-shaping the ways we make and consume art and culture. In these shifting conditions, space is needed to form and articulate our understandings of the politics and poetics of how cultural production comes to make meaning—how art makes incursions into the conditions of its own making. This lecture series means to explore cultural production in our current moment while allowing a forum for understanding the political and social implications of that production alongside an exploration the role of art in our ever-complicating lives.

The annual MacKay Lecture Series features up to four lectures given by internationally renowned speakers, addressing subjects related to the liberal and performing arts. Three of the lectures revolve around a common interdisciplinary theme chosen each year by the Faculty's Research Development Committee from a selection of faculty proposals. The fourth lecture is on a broadly based historical theme, in recognition of the generous donation funding the lecture series that was given by Gladys MacKay in appreciation of the education that her husband, the Reverend Malcolm Ross MacKay, received at Dalhousie as a B.A. student in History (1927).

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Erin Wunker, English department and Gender and Women’s Studies program 
Bart Vautour, English department and Canadian Studies program