The Jack Layton Book Club

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The Jack Layton Chair, in partnership with the Ryerson Library and Achives, are pleased to invite you to the inaugural series of presentations of the Jack Layton Book Club. They promise to be interesting, inter-active discussions of books that mattered to Jack, and the ideas Jack championed through his remarkable career.

Jack Layton’s personal book collection has been donated to Ryerson, where he was a Professor of Politics during the 1970s and 80s. At each meeting of the Jack Layton Book Club, an expert speaker introduces us to a book Jack read, treasured and was inspired by. All are welcome to attend.

Three sessions of the Jack Layton Book Club are scheduled in the weeks ahead.  All begin at 5:30 PM in the Archives, 3rd Floor, Ryerson Library, 350 Victoria Street. The Archives currently hosts a Jack Layton exhibit, which you are welcome to visit from 5 PM before each Book Club meeting.

Session 1

Tuesday 12 March 2013
5:30 PM, Archives, 3rd Floor, Ryerson Library, 350 Victoria Street.

Terry Grier, Ryerson President Emeritus
“Jack Layton’s Political Journey: From the Classroom to National Icon”.

Terry Grier discusses Jack as student, teacher and political leader.
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Session 2

Thursday 28 March 2013
5:30 PM, Archives, 3rd Floor, Ryerson Library, 350 Victoria Street.

Dr. Alex Wellington, Philosophy Department, Ryerson University

“Jack Layton’s Environmental Vision: Green Economy and Climate Justice”

We will look at two books that reflect Jack’s contributions to environmental activism and climate justice: Guy Dauncy’s Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change and Tim Flannery’s Now or Never.

Session 3

Wednesday 10 April 2013

5:30 PM, Archives, 3rd Floor, Ryerson Library, 350 Victoria Street.

Dr. Jason Boyd, English Department, Ryerson University

“Pride, Prejudice and Politics:
Jack Layton and the Lessons of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II”

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The Jack Layton Book Club is an initiative of the Jack Layton Chair, co-sponsored by the Ryerson University Library and Archives.