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2014 Events

"TIFF: From Local Festival to Global Brand"
Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival 
March 28, 2014 at Museum London 

Presented by Museum London, the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities, and the Public Humanities at Western.

Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities at Western. Since 2008 he has been responsible for the overall vision and execution of the Festival's selection. Bailey began programming for Toronto in 1990 and worked both as a film programmer and film critic for 20 years before taking on his current role. Bailey wrote about cinema for Toronto's weekly NOW Magazine from 1988-2007, and was a long-time critic for CBC Radio and CTV's national morning television program, Canada AM. 

From 1998-2002 Bailey also co-hosted the international film program across Canada on the Showcase Review. As a programmer and curator he has organized film series for the National Gallery of Canada, Cinematheque Ontario and Australia's Sydney International Film Festival. He has served on many film festival juries around the world, including most recently at the Beijing International Film Festival and South Korea's Busan Film Festival, as well as the Pan-African Film Festival in Burkina Faso, and other festivals from Antalya to Zanzibar. 

Born in London, England, Bailey migrated first to Barbados then to Canada as a child. He studied English Literature at Western University and cinema at York University. He also holds an Honorary Degree from Humber College. In 2007, Bailey was a part of the delegation accompanying Canadian Governor-General Michaelle Jean on her State Visit to Brazil, where he led a discussion on transnational cinema. He has been a guest speaker at several Canadian universities, the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University and the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2011, he gave the annual William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture at the Heritage Toronto Awards. 

Bailey sits on the board of Tourism Toronto and is a former board member of the Ontario Film Development Corporation and the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum. In 2010-2011, he was co-chair of the Arts & Culture Working Group of Toronto's CivicAction. He was also a member of the Creative Capital group that prepared a Mayor's Report on Toronto's cultural sector. 

Trudeau Foundation Lecture: 
"The individualization of war: protection, liability, and accountability"
March 25, 2014 at 5 pm in Conron Hall 

Jennifer Walsh (Oxford) is the 2006 Trudeau Fellow. Presented by Western University, the Trudeau Foundation and the Public Humanities at Western. 

This Trudeau lecture looks at the dramatic ways in which war has changed over the past century, since the start of the First World War in 1914. In particular, it will examine how individuals – rather than states – have become central to armed conflict today. The lecture will focus on three manifestations of this change: the increased imperative to protect individuals caught up in conflict; the enhanced capacity to target particular individuals in war time; and the growing efforts to hold individuals accountable for crimes committed in the context of war. University of Oxford Professor and 2006 Trudeau fellow Jennifer Welsh will discuss the positive implications of this move to elevate the role and status of the individual, but also some of the challenges and dilemmas that accompany this shift.


Jennifer M. Welsh is Professor and Chair in International Relations at the European University Institute and a Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford.

She was previously a Professor in International Relations at the University of Oxford, and co-director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. In 2013, she was appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve as his Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect.

Professor Welsh is a former Jean Monnet Fellow of the European University Institute, and was a Cadieux Research Fellow in the Policy Planning Staff of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. She has taught international relations at the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the Central European University (Prague).

Welsh is the author, co-author, and editor of several books and articles on international relations, the evolution of the notion of the ‘responsibility to protect’ in international society, the UN Security Council, and Canadian foreign policy. She was the Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Massey College (University of Toronto) in 2005, and a 2006 recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and a Trudeau Fellowship. In 2014, she will begin directing a new five-year ERC-funded project on the 'Individualization of War'.

Welsh sits on the editorial boards of the journals Global Responsibility to Protect and Ethics and International Affairs, as well as the editorial board for the Cambridge University Press BISA series in International Relations. She has also served as a consultant to the Government of Canada on international policy, and acts as a frequent commentator in Canadian media on foreign policy and international relations. She has a BA from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), and a Masters and Doctorate from the University of Oxford (where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar). 

WORDS: London's Inagural Literary and Creative Arts Festival
October 2014 

In October, the Public Humanities at Western joined forced with a number of campus and community partners to introduce Words, London’s inaugural festival of creativity through the written and spoken word. The three-day festival featured emerging as well as established artists and creative thinkers from London, Canada, and beyond, showcasing new works and world-leading ideas to spark debate and ignite the imagination. Speakers and performers included Joe Sacco, Mark Kingwell, Vincent Lam, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Joan Barfoot and  many more.

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