Shaar Shalom Lecture at Dalhousie University

The Shaar Shalom Lecture at Dalhousie University is a significant annual lecture made possible through the generosity of the Shaar Shalom Synagogue of Halifax. The Shaar Shalom’s unique partnership with Dalhousie University seeks to explore the broad themes of tolerance, multiculturalism, diversity, and difference in contemporary society, and demonstrates our shared interest in bringing in-depth discussion of these themes to wider civil society.

International human rights and Canada's role in a polarized world

Thursday, March 30, 2023
7:00 pm (ADT)
McInnes Room, Dalhousie Student Union Building
6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

Registration is required to attend in person or via livestream. RSVP here.

ASL interpretation will be provided onstage and on livestream.

As part of the Shaar Shalom Lecture Series, please join two of Canada's most distinguished speakers, The Honorable Bob Rae, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations and The Honorable Lieutenant-General (ret) Roméo Dallaire, Founder of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace, and Security. This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security at Dalhousie University.

Ambassador Rae will discuss his perspective on Canada's current role at the United Nations and the challenges of promoting International Human Rights during a time of polarization of politics around the globe. Lt. General Dallaire will discuss his perspective on the need for Canada's role to be reassessed in global world politics to ensure the protection of human rights if we are to achieve new approaches to global peace and security.

This event will be held in person and presented via live stream on the Dalhousie YouTube channel. Please register to attend the in-person or virtual event.

Past lectures:

2021-22 Lecture

The 2021-22 lecture featured Cindy Blackstock, PhD, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a professor at McGill University’s School of Social Work.

Spirit Bear: Echoes of the Past

Watch the video of the lecture that was delivered on March 3, 2022 at Dalhousie University.

Read the Dal News story.

2020-21 Lecture

The 2020-21 lecture featured Wes Hall and Dahabo Ahmed-Omer of The BlackNorth Initiative

Watch the video of the lecture that was delivered virtually on February 24, 2021.

Read the Dal News story.

 

2019-20 Lecture

The 2019-20 Lecture featured the former Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean.

Shared Humanity: Generating Hope in an Era of Despair

Watch the video of the lecture delivered by Madame Jean on October 16, 2019 at Dalhousie University.

Read the Dal News story.


2019 Lecture

The 2019 Lecture featured Mr. Stephen Lewis, Canada’s Former Ambassador to the UN

Can The United Nations Be Saved?

Watch the video of the lecture delivered by Stephen Lewis on February 6, 2019 at Dalhousie University

Read the Dal News story


2018 Lecture

Dr. Stephen D. Smith

"Countering Hate in the Digital Age: The Power of the Human Story"

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2017 Lecture

Lieutenant General the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, O.C., C.M.M., G.O.Q, M.S.C., C.D., (Retired)

"All Humans are Human"

Watch the video of the lecture delivered by LGen Roméo Dallaire on April 5, 2017 at Dalhousie University

Read the Dal News story


2015 Lecture  

Lawrence Hill (author)
"The Book of Negroes: Merging History, Fiction, and Adaptation to Screen"

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