Have we won yet?
Conversations on recent pasts and possible futures for environmental activism
Co-presented by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Centre for Architecture
Saturday, July 8, 10 am — 6 pm
Visit the Art Museum Website for full program details and to reserve tickets
University College, Room 140 (15 King’s College Circle)
Featured Speakers: Graeme Wynn, Ingrid Thompson, Ryan O’Connor, Ellen Gabriel, Corrigan Hammond, David Paterson, Cuyler Cotton, Darryl Redsky, Michelle Murphy, Martin Lukacs, and Wanda Nanibush
At a time of increasing and increasingly open anxiety about the environment, this daylong symposium looks critically at environmental activism—its recent history and current states, where it is depressed and where it has cause for optimism, and suggests possible directions for the future.
This special collaboration between the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, builds on our current exhibition It’s All Happening So Fast: A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment, which is on view until July 15. The exhibition and publication reconsider the history of Canada’s relationship with the land since 1945, using environmental disasters to expose complex connections among different interests, competing cultural myths, and evolving legal context, changing ideas of environmental risk, resurgent Indigenous Peoples, and the impacts of the environmental movement. As a call for action, the project illustrates the necessity of radical self-assessment, and an obligation to take positions in the face of crisis: from organizing efforts like David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Campaign and Naomi Klein’s radical The Leap Manifesto, to diverse engagements by architects, lawyers, artists, and activists.
The symposium will address the current state of affairs and the urgency of contemporary actions, including the history of environmentalism and activism in Canada, its challenges and successes; mainstream and experimental approaches to environmental law; and recovering and alternative frameworks for individual and collective action, from non-western traditions to emergent technologies.
Lead Sponsor: Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation