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John Ralston Saul

November 22 at the University of King’s College, 6350 Coburg, 5:30pm, free.

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Renowned Canadian author and philosopher John Ralston Saul will be in Halifax on Tuesday to give a lecture as part of The Canadian Institute of International Affairs’ annual lecture series.

The focus of this year’s lecture series is “Wielding Power in a World Without Borders: Exploring Visions of a Fairer World.” The topic of Saul’s discussion is “Globalization, Conflict, and the Crimean War Syndrome."

Saul, who is married to former governor general Adrienne Clarkson, has written about large number of Canadian and international topics over the years. In his 1997 book Reflections of a Siamese Twin, Saul claimed that Canada is a “soft” country—not a nation that is weak, but one that has a flexible and complex identity, as opposed to the monolithic identities of other states. While conceding that Canada is made up of three nations—Anglophones, Francophones and First Peoples—he has criticized some Quebec seperatists for creating a “victim mythology” to breed conflict.

Recently, Saul has cast his eyes on the world as a whole. His most provocative theory of late is the assertion that globalization as we know it as dead. He argues that the once-fervent belief that nation-states were being made irrelevant by the growth of the world market has been replaced by governments and citizens reasserting their national interests.

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