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Public presentation and discussion – 2017 CBC Massey Lecture – The Will to Intervene

October 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Library at the Downtown Activity Centre
451 Shuswap St S
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4H8
The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Salmon Arm
(778) 489-8098


In the third of the 2017 CBC Massey lectures, Payam Akhavan relates his experiences with the genocide in Rwanda.  In his own words, “Rwanda taught me that there is nothing inevitable about radical evil. Radical evil is a political construction. It’s a political choice. It is predictable and is therefore preventable.”  He states, emphatically, that when we encounter hatred, we must have the will to intervene, if we are to prevent outbreaks of violence.


Following the presentation, everyone will have the opportunity to participate in an open and gently moderated dialog.  For each of the 8 sessions in our discussion series, our hope is that the participants will:

  • Understand, in greater depth, the issues facing our society
  • Experience how a healthy and respectful dialog, amongst diverse people, in our local community, is a powerful antidote to divisive rhetoric
  • Identify available paths of action, for bringing about meaningful and positive change