IDEAS calendar for November 2021

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* Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Monday November 1

LOVE, BEAUTY AND SALVATION: THE POETRY OF MICHELANGELO
The “Divine” Michelangelo can be considered the first star in the world of modern art. Although he lived to be 88 and created some of the most magnificent works of art the world has known, his underrated poetry reveals long-standing angst and despair. He never felt his job was good enough, and he was plagued by feelings of guilt for his earthly desires. IDEAS contributor Tony Luppino takes us into the poignant poetry of Michelangelo. * This episode originally aired on June 3, 2021.

Tuesday, November 2

RETURN OF THE GUILLOTINE
The image of the guillotine is flourishing online as a symbol of protest against inequality, racism and elitism. Mock guillotines appear regularly during demonstrations, both from the political right and from the left. This documentary by Matthew Lazin-Ryder traces the history of the guillotine as a symbol, from its bloody history during the darkest days of the French Revolution to its reinvention as an emblem of equality.

Wednesday November 3

SHAKESPEARE IN TRANSLATION
Translation is a form of “resurrection,” argues Canadian researcher Irena Makaryk. And in the 400 years since Shakespeare got rid of this deadly shell, he has been resurrected too many times to be counted. In the final installment of this year’s edition of Ideas at Stratford, we take a look at what’s lost in translation, what is found, and how translation can shed new light on ideas from a familiar story. Nahlah Ayed speaks with Alexa Alice Joubin, who studies Shakespeare in East Asia; the Argentine-Canadian translator and writer Alberto Manguel; and Irena Makaryk, who studies how different cultures and periods transformed Shakespeare’s work, particularly during times of political upheaval such as the Russian Revolution, World War II and the war in Afghanistan.

Thursday, November 4

LAUGH COUNTS
Laughing sounds as natural as breathing, but listen to it in slow motion even for a fraction of a second and its weirdness will hit you immediately. Why are we laughing? What role does laughter play in the evolution of humanity? And what does our laughter share with the way primates and even rats laugh? IDEAS Contributor Peter Brown takes us on a walk through our evolutionary history and shows us why laughter matters. * This episode originally aired on November 4, 2020.

Friday 5 November

ASPEN IDEAS: ANIMALS
Have you ever looked at your beloved family dog ​​and thought: what the hell is he thinking? Alexandra Horowitz certainly did. She is the author of Inside a dog and Principal Investigator at Barnard College. In 2018, Horowitz joined other authors and scientists at Aspen Ideas Festival, a values-based leadership and exchange of ideas forum to discuss the topic of animal cognition. Listen to excerpts from The mysterious spirit of the dog and The genius of birds.


Monday, November 8

THE RED BOOK, PART 1
What if a renowned thinker of the unconscious hid his own dreams, visions and fantasies? Fearful of being judged, Carl Jung hid a handwritten volume of self-explorations, complete with mind-boggling illustrations. Shortly after his family were convinced to go public in 2009, IDEAS contributor Marilyn Powell made a two-part documentary in 2012 about The red book. We revisit it on IDEAS.

Tuesday, November 9

THE RED BOOK, PART 2
What if a renowned thinker of the unconscious hid his own dreams, visions and fantasies? Fearful of being judged, Carl Jung hid a handwritten volume of self-explorations, complete with mind-boggling illustrations. Shortly after his family were convinced to go public in 2009, IDEAS contributor Marilyn Powell made a two-part documentary in 2012 about The red book. We revisit it on IDEAS.

Wednesday November 10

TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY
The philosophy of travel isn’t one thing, but philosopher Emily Thomas says it should be. Since most of the world is anchored by Covid, we take a spirit journey through history and modern times to ask: what is the meaning of travel, how does it change us and how it helps us to understand our own mind? There might not be a better time to understand the meaning of travel. * This episode originally aired on March 12, 2021.

Thursday November 11

MARY RITER HAMILTON WAR ARTIST
In 1919, Canadian artist Mary Riter Hamilton embarked on a solo mission to paint the battlefields of World War I in France and Belgium. A woman alone in a destroyed landscape, surrounded by death, she was determined to bear witness to devastation and loss through her brush. A century later, documentary maker Alisa Siegel addresses the artist’s biographer, historians and art historians to resuscitate the art, life and legacy of Mary Riter Hamilton.

Friday 12 November

PANDEMIC AMNESIA
We are used to public war memorials. But over the centuries, pandemics have also claimed millions of lives, but we hardly see any statue or memorial dedicated to them. Olivia Humphreys in London, UK, examines the dynamics of public memory and how it embraces some events while obscuring others, and finds out why we choose what we will remember.


Monday November 15 – Thursday November 18

SKY AND EARTH | 4-PART SERIES
In 1960, Guatemala was under a military dictatorship and a long civil war began: a war against the indigenous Mayans, attacking their voting rights, canceling land reforms. It was a 36-year process of intimidation, torture and murder by the military. By the time it all ended in 1996, over 200,000 Mayans had died. About the same number had fled into exile. And 40,000 others have just disappeared. Now, 25 years later, some of the alleged perpetrators are finally on trial for the atrocities committed during those terrible years. A repeat of a four-part series on the Mayans – who they are, their culture, beliefs and the legacy of the Civil War, by producer Philip Coulter.

Friday 19 November

IMAGINE THE EXTINCTION
The religious and mythological visions of the end of the world are common in world history. But the scientific concept of extinction has a shorter, more urgent history. Researcher Thomas Moynihan argues that when humans began to fight the threat of extinction, it was a crucial step towards taking responsibility for ourselves as a species. This episode explores the connection between imagining extinction and acting to prevent it: from the pandemic 1826 novel by Mary Shelley, to visions of nuclear annihilation during the Cold War, to today’s climate fiction. * This episode originally aired on March 4, 2021.


Monday 22 November

DANTE’S INDIANA: RANDY BOYAGODA
At the heart of Dante’s Divine Comedy is the idea of ​​contrapasso: the appropriate punishment after death that corresponds to transgressions committed during earthly existence. The novelist Randy Boyagoda takes this notion of contrapasso and applies it to modern America and its theme parks, its televangelism and its pill society. The result is Dante’s Indiana, a tragicomic epic that sinks deep into the nooks and crannies of modern American life.

Tuesday 23 November

IMPOSSIBLE PROBABLE: ALAN LIGHTMAN
Alan Lightman may be a theoretical physicist who doesn’t believe in a Supreme Being, but he thinks a lot about God, where we all come from and the meaning of life. He is also a bestselling novelist and author of acclaimed science books that explore the universe’s deepest mysteries, wonders and paradoxes. His new book, Probable Impossibilities: Reflections on Beginnings and Endings, reflects on what science says about the origins and fate of life and the universe and the philosophical questions that all this raises.

Wednesday, November 24

PETER STURSBERG CONFERENCE: NIMA ELBAGIR
CNN Senior International Correspondent Nima Elbagir delivers this year’s Peter Stursberg Lecture at a virtual event hosted by Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. Elbagir reported from the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and in Chibok, the Nigerian village where more than 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram. His speech is titled Humanity and the correspondent abroad.

Thursday 25 November

TOUCH PRIVACY
The pandemic has disrupted much of our normal way of interacting with others. Intuitive activities like hugging loved ones and bonding around shared meals had to cease due to distancing protocols. And the people for whom touch is a central part of their work – nurses, social workers, dancers – have come to be acutely aware of how the absence of touch affects their sense of well-being and connection. Contributor Johnny Spence explores both the emotional and neurological impact of touch deprivation.

Friday November 26

COMPLETE THE BRITISH STAR
Behind the orderly descriptions of museum artifacts, there is often a spectacularly messy story – something Australian journalist Marc Fennell knows well. Marc hosts the podcast series, Stuff the British stole. He travels the world and in the mess of colonial history, exploring the past and present realities of ill-gotten gains, from the Parthenon marbles to the Tipu tiger. IDEAS introduces listeners to this series, which is now entering its second season.


Monday, November 29

ZONG
The poem in book Zong by M. NourbeSe Philip is one of the most studied and written works of literature produced in Canada during this century. It uses the letters, words and words of an English legal judgment to bring to life the story of a massacre aboard the slave ship Zong which began on November 29, 1781. To mark the 240th anniversary of this tragedy, NourbeSe Philip joins historians, writers, and artists to read the poem and discuss its meaning today.

Tuesday, November 30

TRENCH IDEAS: MEDIEVAL ENGLISH RAPE CULTURE
Doctoral student Mariah Cooper has dusted off 800-year-old court documents from medieval England to find that sexual assault convictions from that period are comparable to sexual assault convictions today. The victims lost their credibility in the eyes of the court when questioned about what they were wearing. And the defense would argue that “no” could actually mean “yes”. the 21st century.

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