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This is the first installment in a five-part online John Albert Hall lecture series titled Values for a New World, being presented in partnership with the University of Victoria's Centre for Studies in Religion and Society. 


The worldwide pandemic has laid bare the existential challenges of our time, including systemic racism, economic inequality and environmental collapse. There are calls to rethink our political systems and social relations. What might this new world look like? Must it be founded on fundamentally different values and assumptions? What is the role of the writer in these times? Join us for a live discussion with two major Canadian literary figures based in Victoria.

Esi Edugyan is a novelist, essayist and cultural commentator. She is author of the best selling Half-Blood Blues (2011) and Washington Black (2018), and a two-time winner of the Giller Prize, Canada’s highest literary award.

Tim Lilburn is a poet, essayist, and professor. His poetry collection Kill-site won the Governor General’s Award.

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