Central Conversations

New episodes are recorded before a live audience at Central Library on Monday evenings. Come listen to the conversation and participate in an ‘off-air’ discussion with the guest. Your questions and ideas shape the dialogue. All welcome. No registration required.

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Post-Truth. Alternative Facts. Fake News. Blimey!

Professor Tim Blackmore joins us to critique the nomenclature of contemporary public discourse.

The Art of Self-Expression

How a pen, authenticity, courage, and a blank sheet of paper can change your life.

Surveying the Local Journalism Landscape

Jennifer O’Brien joins us to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing local journalism today.

The City and the Stage: Civics and Theatre

Dennis Garnhum joins us to discuss why live theatre is important for community.

Seeing the Present in the Past: Immigration in North America

Stephanie Bangarth joins us to talk about the history, policies, and experiences of immigration that have led us to this moment in time.

The Heuristic of Hate: Dissecting Islamophobia

Rifat Hussain and Tristan Johnson reflect on the history of Islamophobia and the impact that it has on the lives of Muslims today.

Understanding Human Trafficking in Ontario

Mia Biondi and Caroline Pugh-Roberts discuss the way that 21st century slavery works in our city.

Power and Patriarchy: Examining the Mythologies of Police Culture

Lesley Bikos takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of law enforcement culture and introduces us to a world where you have to either fit in, turn a blind eye, or risk it all by speaking up.