Dr. Margaret MacMillan is 2018 medal recipient and lecturer
Confederation Centre of the Arts has revealed the title for the 2018 Symons Medal Lecture, “The Lion’s Cub: The First World War and the Evolution of the Canadian Nation.” The 2018 Symons Medal will be awarded to internationally-acclaimed historian and author Dr. Margaret MacMillan, C.C. at the Centre in Charlottetown on November 23.
MacMillan’s lecture title refers to the emergence of Canada as a nation during the First World War and—within the theatre of war and political cartoons in particular—Great Britain’s role as the paternal lion and Canada and commonwealth nations as the cubs who follow.
Professor of history at the University of Oxford and former Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, MacMillan is one of the world’s most distinguished specialists in modern international history. She is known as a historian whose published work, for example, Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, is engaging for both experts and general audiences. Also known for her insightful contributions to public discourse, she is a sought-after commentator on pressing international issues of our time.
MacMillan recently concluded a tour with the BBC’s Reith Lectures, an internationally renowned series. She delivered lectures exploring the relationship between humanity and war in London, York, Beirut, Belfast, and Toronto, which are available to stream at BBC Radio 4.
The 2018 Ceremony will take place in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre in Charlottetown. The medal ceremony and lecture will be livestreamed on the Centre’s YouTube channel and available on confederationcentre.com shortly thereafter. Tickets for this event will be available to the public via the box office on November 3 at 10 am. There is no cost to attend but a printed ticket is required for admission and the booking limit is two tickets per person.
The Symons Medal recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 17 distinguished Symons Medallists. The medal ceremony creates a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state and future prospects.
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