A Summer Masterclass in Humanity

Last year, around this time, I screwed up my courage and introduced myself to David MacDonald at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market. It was one of the best decisions I made all year, and directly from that chance meeting sprang the Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship, an initiative of the PEI Home and School Federation (of which Dr. MacDonald, David’s mother, was the founding president ).

David is back on the Island this summer and is hosting a breakfast discussion series at UPEI; the eight weekly topics constitute something of a “masterclass in humanity” led by someone with an abundance of it.

The sessions are being held at 618 University Avenue (née Marks Work Wearhouse) on Tuesday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. They are free (as is parking). You need to preregister by emailing climate@upei.ca or calling (902) 894-2852.

The weekly topics are:

  1. bJuly 4, 2017 — Are Oceans Us? The Climate/Ocean Crisis: How can we end the global ‘addiction’ to fossil fuels?

  2. July 11, 2017 — Is Politics the Art of the Deal? What is indispensable about Politics in our Global Village?

  3. July 18, 2017 — How can we create a habitable, thriving and just future?

  4. July 25, 2017 — Who’s Speaking, Who’s Listening, Who Cares? Why is The Medium really the Message?

  5. August 1, 2017 — Is Capitalism Over? What are healthy Models for a Caring Economy?

  6. August 8, 2017 — Why does our culture depend on Violence? If we love this Planet, can we Live in an age of Mass Destruction?

  7. August 15, 2017 — Why Racism? – its roots and branches. ‘The African Condition’ meets ‘Black Lives Matter’

  8. August 22, 2017 — Is Reconciliation Possible? Why do we need to unsettle the settler?

You need not attend all, although I can’t imagine which you’d choose to skip. I’ll see you there.