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Thursday, October 27, 2016
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: PE250

“Why Multiculturalism Matters”
Multiculturalism can no longer be seen as a feel-good political program to keep minority populations happy. On the contrary, the rights and social attitudes that underpin policies of multiculturalism have become the foundation of peaceful co-existence in ethnically mixed democracies. These policies will need constant reinforcing as twenty-first century wars and climate change continue to create major population displacements, awakening a fear of otherness. [more]

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, CBC Radio 1, 9:00 P.M.
Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in relative harmony in medieval Spain. Then the Spanish Inquisition came along with its use of terror and racism, turning a pluralistic society into a police state. Writer Erna Paris first explored this history for IDEAS in 1995. In a new take, she calls what happened in Spain “a cautionary tale for today.”

Listen to Erna on Ideas

Erna is thrilled to be honoured by University College, University of Toronto, as a “UC Alumni of Influence” 2014. Please follow the link for further information about other honorees and the gala dinner, which took place on November 6, 2014.

UC Alumni of Influence 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Erna Paris will deliver the keynote address at
the Providence Spirituality Centre,
1200 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario.
For more information:
International Women’s Day 2014 Conference
Read the full Keynote Address

Wednesday October 30, 2013, Confucius Institute Edmonton (CIE)

Local volunteer group Edmonton ALPHA announced today that internationally-recognized Canadian writers, Erna Paris and Joy Kogawa, will address students in several Edmonton senior high schools on November 21 and 22. In addition, the authors will address a symposium, entitled Why History Matters: The Need for Learning about the Past so that We Can Avoid a Catastrophic Future 1:30 Saturday, November 23rd. The Confucius Institute. Free Admission.

Award-winning historian Erna Paris, author of Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History, will talk to students about how unaddressed war crimes continue to impact our lives today, and the need for survivors to seek justice and reconciliation. In her public lecture War Crimes: Why Germany Remembers, Why Japan Forgets, and What Can Be Done, Ms. Paris will speak about the legacy of Imperial Japan’s war of aggression and why this continues to matter in today’s world. [more]