Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 Book Launch: Why Dissent Matters by William Kaplan

Wednesday, October 4, 20175:00PM - 7:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place (Devonshire Pl. & Hoskin Ave.)


With William Kaplan in dialogue with The Hon. Bob Rae

A wide-ranging and provocative work on controversial subjects, Why Dissent Matters tells a story of dissent and dissenters – people who have been attacked, bullied, ostracized, jailed, and, sometimes when it is all over, celebrated. William Kaplan shows that dissent is noisy, messy, inconvenient, and almost always time-consuming, but that suppressing it is usually a mistake – it’s bad for the dissenters but worse for the rest of us. Drawing attention to celebrated dissenters – the quiet Canadian Frances Kelsey who single-handedly prevented a national tragedy, the nature writer Rachel Carson who may very well have saved the planet, and an intrepid journalist named Isabel LeBourdais who spoke up when a fourteen year-old boy, Steven Truscott, was sentenced to death, as well as to the voices behind international protests such as Occupy Wall Street and Boycott, Divest, and Sanction, he contends that we don’t have to do what dissenters want, but we should listen to what they say.
Join author and lawyer William Kaplan in dialogue with former Premier and Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae. Refreshments to follow. This is part of the Books that Matter series, sponsored by the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History.

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