Visionary and critical conversation starters

University of Manitoba hosts free educational seminar series open to the public

Photo Credit Angela England

The University of Manitoba continues to play a key role in promoting intellectual growth and stimulating discussions – both inside and outside the typical classroom setting. By hosting free educational seminar series—such as Critical Conversations and Visionary Conversations—that appeal to students, researchers, and the general public, the university hopes to welcome and engage people from all corners of society.

Critical Conversations on Truth and Reconciliation

The U of M Centre for Human Rights Research and the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation are hosting the 2014-15 seminar series called Critical Conversations on Truth and Reconciliation.

The seminars will be hosted every Monday from 2:30-4 p.m. between September and March in Room 206 Robson Hall. There is a draft schedule that will be updated throughout the year. The seminars are open to all students and the general public; all are welcome.

The series takes an interdisciplinary approach, featuring U of M researchers from a range of disciplines.

The subject matter covered includes archiving, reconciliation, and privacy and confidentiality issues related to Indian Residential Schools; genocide denial, damage and reparations; and literary and artistic representations of the residential school experience.

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Visionary Conversations

The award-winning Visionary Conversations seminar series is also returning for another year of lively discussions at the U of M campus.

The series will be held over the course of the academic year at Robert B. Schultz Theatre in St. John’s College.

There are six sessions scheduled throughout the school year: Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 26, Jan. 21, Mar. 4, and Apr. 29. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with a panel discussion immediately to follow at 7:00 p.m.

This Visionary Conversation series exclusively features U of M researchers, professors, and alumni discussing about and engaging with our community on some of the most demanding issues facing our society.

The topics covered range from who pays the price for free expression, the impact of legalizing prostitution in Canada, lessons learned from war, and the pursuit of happiness in the modern age.
The next session—Giving the Red Light the Green Light: Would Legalizing Prostitution Change Canada—will be held on Oct. 15.

For more information, visit and confirm your attendance by contacting or 204-474-7881