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Charlotte Gray Delivers the 2018 Harold Innis Lecture

November 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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“Telling Stories in the Age of Historical Amnesia”

On the evening of Thursday, November 8, author and historian Charlotte Gray, OC, FRSC, will deliver the 2018 Harold Innis Lecture, entitled “Telling Stories in the Age of Historical Amnesia.”

We cannot “clean up” history by trying to expunge the parts we don’t like, or by toppling statues of once-admired leaders. But we can bring new insights into our knowledge of the past. In his day, Professor Harold Innis did this brilliantly by shifting the debate about what kind of country he and his fellow Canadians lived in. Charlotte Gray will explore the life of Innis and his impact on Canada’s intellectual life, at a time when his example is more important than ever.

November 8, 2018

7 pm – Lecture • 8 pm – Q&A with Geoffrey Taylor, director, Toronto International Festival of Authors • Reception to follow featuring book sales and signing and light refreshments

Innis Town Hall • 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto
This is a FREE event, but online registration is required (see form below)
For more information contact the Innis Alumni Office at

Charlotte Gray

The promise of canada book coverCharlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known biographers and writers of popular histories. Author of ten acclaimed books of literary non-fiction, her most recent best-seller is The Promise of Canada: People And Ideas That Have Shaped Our CountryHer other award-winning books include The Massey Murder; Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention; and Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Sisters in the Wilderness, which Charlotte published in 1999, was named as one of the 25 most influential Canadian books of the past 25 years by the Literary Review of Canada.

Born in Sheffield, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Charlotte worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history. An adjunct research professor at Carleton University, in Ottawa, she holds five honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She lives in Ottawa.

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This event is part of an annual lecture series, hosted by the Harold Innis Foundation, featuring acclaimed thinkers, whose discourse echoes that of Harold Adams Innis himself. Innis was one of Canada’s original thinkers, a professor of political economy at the University Toronto, and author of seminal works on economic history, media, and communications theory. His work contributed to the foundation of what is known as the Toronto School of communications theory, and in his writings he explored the role of the media in shaping culture and society.


November 8, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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