WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25Inclusion/Exclusion: Social and Political Boundaries of Citizenship in Europe—This two-day international conference kicks off with guest speaker Patrick Bahners, formerly of the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, who will discuss "The Scaremongers: Europe's Fear of Islam. April 25, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Room 2224, River Bldg., Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa, Ont. On April 26: Panels 1-3, topics include Elections and Political Participation, and Citizenship Education and Civic Integration. 8:45 a.m.- 5 p.m. Room 608, Robertson Hall, Carleton University. www.carleton.ca/ces/events/inclusion-exclusion-conference/
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities—The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity in co-operation with the Canadian Centre for International Justice will host a panel discussion featuring: Francis Deng, the UN secretary general's special adviser on the prevention of genocide; Lloyd Axworthy, president of the University of Winnipeg and former foreign affairs minister; and Payam Akhavan, McGill University law professor. 2:30 p.m-4:30 p.m. Donations for CCIJ welcome. Room 12102, Desmarais Bldg., University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Ave. E. Register at: http://gpg.eventbrite.ca
Politics and the Pen—A highlight of Ottawa's social calendar, the Politics and the Pen gala is a celebration of political and literary culture. The event brings together politicians, eminent writers, diplomats, and leaders from the business and arts communities for an evening of food, entertainment, and conversation. It is co-hosted by US Ambassador David Jacobson and Gary Doer, Canadian ambassador to the US. The highlight will be the presentation of the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St. www.writerstrust.com
Europe's Last Dictator—The Free Thinking Film Society presents a screening of Europe's Last Dictator, a damning look at the government in Belarus. 7 p.m., $10-$15. Library and Archives, 395 Wellington St. www.freethinkingfilms.com
THURSDAY, APRIL 26Israel celebrates its national day. It changes every year in accordance with the Hebrew calendar. Israel gained independence from the British Mandate of Palestine in 1948. For information on any events, please call the embassy at 613-567-6450.
Not As I Do, with Yejide Kilanko, Lauren B. Davis, and Linden MacIntyre —Three gifted storytellers shine a light on lives forever changed by the betrayal of trust. These moving stories take the audience through the long shadow of violence, and into the lives of those discovering what it takes to move on. Hosted by CBC's Adrian Harewood. Presented by the Ottawa International Writers Festival. 8:30 p.m., $10-$15; members free. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St. www.writersfestival.org
FRIDAY, APRIL 27Sierra Leone celebrates Republic Day. It gained independence from the UK in 1961.
Togo celebrates its national day. It gained independence from France in 1960. For information on any celebrations, please call the embassy at 613-238-5916.
30 Years on: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Parliament and the Courts—To mark the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Library of Parliament hosts an event on the ongoing relationship between the Parliament of Canada and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Panellists include: Liberal Senator Serge Joyal; Conservative MP Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, Ont.); and Nathalie Des Rosiers, general counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Register by contacting Louise Bruyère at 613-943-2594 or email@example.com
Cultural Icons: Carol Bishop-Gwyn on Celia Franca and Charles Foran on Mordecai Richler—Bestselling biographer Charlotte Gray hosts a session on two Canadian cultural icons. Writer and dance historian Carol Bishop-Gwyn makes her festival debut with The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca. Charles Foran returns to the stage with a definitive, detailed, and intimate portrait of Mordecai Richler, the lion of Canadian literature, Mordecai: The Life & Times. Presented by the Writers Festival. 6:30 p.m., $10-$15; members free. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St. www.writersfestival.org
The Weight of History, with Peter Hobbs, Ami McKay, and Vincent Lam—When our own history stands in the way of who we must be, when the only way forward is to swim against the tide, when we are defined by our family's place in the world, the weight of history seems to pin us down. In three remarkable novels, unforgettable characters must bear that burden, struggling towards a future of their own making. With authors Peter Hobbs, Ami McKay, and Vincent Lam; hosted by Mark Medley, National Post. Presented by the Writers Festival. 8:30 p.m., $10-$15; members free. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St. www.writersfestival.org
Sixth World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet—The all-party Parliamentary Friends of Tibet hosts the more than 100 participants from three dozen countries who are expected to attend. Participants will discuss ways of supporting the Dalai Lama's call for a peaceful and lasting solution to the Tibetan conflict. Until April 29. Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau St. 613-943-1454.
Canada-EU Trade—Trade Minister Ed Fast will deliver a speech on "Canada-EU Trade: Bringing Jobs and Prosperity to Hardworking Canadians." Presented by the Economic Club of Canada. 7:45 a.m.-9 a.m. $79. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St., Ottawa, Ont. www.economicclub.ca
SATURDAY, APRIL 28Dalai Lama comes to Ottawa—The Canada Tibet Committee presents a talk with the Dalai Lama entitled "Ethics for a Whole World." 9 a.m. Civic Centre, 1015 Bank St. 613-755-1111 or www.tibet.ca
Lunch with Vincent Lam—The Ottawa International Writers Festival presents an intimate session with Giller Prize winner Vincent Lam. Tickets for this exclusive event—a fundraiser for the festival's free children's literacy programs—include a delicious meal, a copy of The Headmaster's Wager, and a candid conversation on his life, his work, and the inspiration for his acclaimed new novel. 11:30 a.m., $65 members, $75 others. Fraser Café's Table,11 Springfield Rd. www.writersfest.org
Business as Usual, with Bruce Livesey and David Rothkopf—Greed is good, or so the titans of Bay Street and Wall Street would have us believe. Join us for a look at business as usual, from Canada's financial industry to the rise of global corporate influence. Who protects the public good when brokers lose our money with reckless abandon and impunity and thousands of companies have greater power than all but a handful of nations? With Bruce Livesey and David Rothkopf. Hosted by The Hill Times' Chris Plecash. Presented by the Writers Festival. 2 p.m., $10-$15; members free. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St. www.writersfestival.org
A Reporter's Journey from Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring—In A Thousand Farewells, CBC correspondent Nahlah Ayed describes with sympathy and insight the myriad ways in which the Arab people have fought against oppression and loss as seen from her own early days witnessing protests in Amman, Jordan, and the wars, crackdowns, and uprisings she has reported on in countries across the region. Hosted by Adrian Harewood. Presented by the Writers Festival. 4 p.m., $10-$15; members free. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St. www.writersfestival.org
Truthiness or Dare (Do the Facts Matter?)—Riffing off a recent celebrated dispute between a fact-checker and a journalist, and considering both non-fiction such as James Frey's A Million Little Pieces and works of fiction using real people, Martin Levin, books editor at The Globe and Mail, moderates a conversation between award-winning bestseller, Guy Gavriel Kay, the author of Ysabel and Under Heaven, and Marianne Apostolides, whose latest book, Voluptuous Pleasure: The Truth About the Writing Life, is a collection of non-fiction that states that non-fiction does not exist. Presented by the Writers Festival. 8:30 p.m., $10-$15; members free. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St. www.writersfestival.org
SUNDAY, APRIL 29Occupy, with Amanda Joy, Joel Westheimer, and Jacqueline Kennelly—Amanda Joy, an Occupy Movement participant and organizer, is joined by Joel Westheimer from the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University's Jacqueline Kennelly, author of Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era. Join us for a conversation that speaks to the very heart of our democracy. Hosted by Neil Wilson. Presented by the Writers Festival. 12 p.m., $5-$10; members free. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St. www.writersfestival.org
When We Talk About War, with Noah Richler—An examination of our national perspective on war—how we have framed it, how we continue to frame it. What We Talk About When We Talk About War by award-winning author and journalist Noah Richler is a provocative examination of how communications has shaped the language of the media, and vice versa. Hosted by Mark Medley, National Post. Presented by the Writers Festival. 2 p.m., $10-$15; members free. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St. www.writersfestival.org
The Art & Science of Remembering Everything, with Joshua Foer—Moonwalking With Einstein, the bestseller by journalist Joshua Foer, recounts his year-long quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. Presented by the Ottawa International Writers Festival. 4 p.m., $10-$15; members free. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St. www.writersfestival.org
The Virtual Self, with Nora Young—Nora Young, host of CBC Radio's Spark, will discuss the exploration of the very real impact of the virtual information we generate about ourselves. Hosted by CBC's Michael Bhardwaj. Presented by the Ottawa International Writers Festival. 6:30 p.m. $10-$15; members free. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St. www.writersfestival.org
MONDAY, APRIL 30The Triumphs and Tragedies of Revolution—Guest speaker Mohamed Lotfy, researcher, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Amnesty International, will discuss "The Triumphs and Tragedies of Revolution: Protecting Human Rights Across North Africa and the Middle East." Presented by CIPS at the University of Ottawa. 4:30 p.m. Free. Room 12110, Desmarais Bldg., 55 Laurier Ave. E. cips.uottawa.ca
Army 2012 Outlook—The new 2012 Army Outlook will include a morning plenary and will feature four additional breakout sessions allowing for more in-depth discussion between industry and the Canadian Army. Presented by CADSI. $80 plus HST CF/Canadian government; $180 plus HST CADSI members. Westin Hotel, 11 Colonel By Dr. http://www.defenceandsecurity.ca
Iran: The Prospects for Diplomacy—The speaker, former Canadian ambassador to Iran John Mundy, and respondent, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs Shimon Fogel, speak on "Iran: Prospects for Diplomacy." Presented by the Canadian International Council's national capital branch. 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. A.S. Haydon Hall (council chambers) Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W.
TUESDAY, MAY 1Making it in Canada—The Institute for Research on Public Policy presents a working lunch, "Making it in Canada: Immigration Outcomes and Policies," with guest speakers Graham Fox, IRPP; Arthur Sweetman, McMaster University; Garnett Picot, Queen's University; and Ratna Omidvar, Maytree Foundation.11:45 a.m.-2 p.m., $50. Delta Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon St. Contact: Suzanne Lambert at 514-787-0746 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2Des Vents contraires—Paul still suffers terrible anxiety nearly a year after his beloved wife Sarah disappeared suddenly without trace. He now lives alone with his two young children. There's been no closure, only self-doubt and even guilt. Why not re-start his life from zero and move back with his kids to his hometown of Saint-Malo, a charming historic port city? Director: Jalil Lespert. France, 2011. ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St. 4:45 p.m. Various show times, check schedule. 613-789-3456 or www.bytowne.ca
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Published: Wednesday, 04/25/2012 12:00 am EDT
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