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: