March 14, 2019. 10:00am-12:00pm
Cambridge Third Age Learning: Dear Current Occupant and other addresses: Canadian Literature in the 21st Century (Ages 18+)
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Speaker: Tanis MacDonald
Location: Trillium United Church, 450 King St. E. (see map)
Working with Chelene Knight's 2018 book, Dear Current Occupant, join us to explore the ways in which reading Canadian literature written since 2000 means re-imagining the concept of a national literature, and articulates a literary shift away from thinking of Canadian literature as a single, unified cultural entity. How do the "current occupants" (in Knight's book and in Canada/on Turtle Island as a whole) debate the factors that shape – or resist shaping – literary narratives of nation? This talk will begin a discussion about CanLit as a living cultural entity beyond the inheritance of 1970s-era cultural nationalism.
Cambridge Third Age Learning (CTAL) is a movement that encourages learning and discovery experiences for those in the “third age”—the stage in one’s life beyond full-time employment. By cultivating opportunities for discussion and engaging the expertise of local university professors and community professionals, CTAL supports those who have an intellectual curiosity and an interest in life-long learning. At Idea Exchange, our hope is to foster a self-organized group which would create CTAL programs throughout the year with our support as a venue and promotional vehicle.