Carleton University’s Shannon Lecture Series Focuses on Quebec as a Woodstock Nation

Carleton University’s Department of History is hosting its next Shannon Lecture series on “Quebec as a Woodstock Nation: When counterculture meets mainstream.” It will be given by Jean-Phillippe Warren, a sociology and anthropology professor at Concordia University.

When: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Multi-Media Lab (Room 482), Discovery Centre, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University
Info: This event is free and open to the public.  Lecture begins at 2:30 p.m. followed by a reception nearby in the History Lounge at 433 Paterson Hall.

Media are invited to attend.

Expo 67 was part of the global wave of change that affected all Western societies in the 1960s. The decade saw the democratization of higher education, the rise of the consumer society and the consolidation of the middle class. These profound changes had specific repercussions depending on the national context. How did the decade affect Quebec? What were the province’s principal adaptations, interpretations and translations of the ‘60s?

From to the creation of CEGEPS to l’Osstidcho and the foundation of the Parti Québécois, 1960s Quebec was a nation transformed from within. In less than 10 years, a “priest-ridden province” had become, in the words of Marshall McLuhan, a “hippie nation.” Expo 67 both reflected and stimulated the contemporary transformation of Quebec.

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About Professor Jean-Philippe Warren:

Warren is a professor of sociology at Concordia University in Montreal, and holds degrees from Université Laval, the University of Montreal and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He has published more than 150 articles in intellectual and scholarly journals on a wide range of subjects related to the history of Quebec—including Indigenous peoples, social movements, popular culture, youth, the Catholic Church and the arts.  His book L’Engagement sociologique (Boréal) received the Clio Award and the Michel Brunet Award in 2003.  He is also the author of several other books, notably Discours et pratiques de la contreculture au Québec (Sptentrion, 2015), with Andrée Fortin, and Autour de Paul-Émile Borduas (Boréal, 2011).

About the Shannon Lectures 2017:

This year’s lecture series looks at Expo 67 as the highlight of Canada’s centennial. A world’s fair held in Montreal, it dazzled the world with its daring architecture, innovative exhibits and high-minded theme, “Man and His World.” Many Canadians regarded it as Canada’s coming-out party, a moment when the young nation burst into the international limelight and strutted its stuff to universal acclaim. Substitute “Quebec” or “Indigenous Peoples” for “Canada” in the previous sentence and it would be equally true – Expo 67 was a rich, multivalent spectacle that generated diverse messages. In Canada’s 150th anniversary year, Carleton’s Department of History is revisiting Expo 67 to reflect upon the meaning of it all. A select group of lecturers will address key topics such as Expo’s intellectual origins, how it became a proud emblem of modernization for both Canadian and Quebec nationalists, its impact on Indigenous rights and culture, and its iconic stature in the histories of architecture and cinema. This public lecture series is made possible by the Shannon Fund, an endowment created by an anonymous friend of the Department of History.

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