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Revised February 15, 2019
Thank you for visiting our site.
You are now poised to enter the world of
The Stephen Leacock Anniversaries in 2019
from March 28th to December 30th
honouring Stephen Butler Leacock
December 30 1869 to March 28 1944
Our revels will be both GENERAL,—
to celebrate his life, his work,
his wit, his intellect, his humanity,
his legacy of ideas
(many wise, a few quite foolish),—
to re-write The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice
(Leacock's book, written in 1919)
as a collaborative literary project
and to publish it on the original's centennial date
which is January 16, 2020
WE INVITE YOU TO TAKE PART!
E-Mail us using the bottom link-button to the left
or scroll down for more explanatory verbiage*
*Stephen Leacock was nothing if not verbal.
We honour him by our writing and our talking.
|Stephen Leacock was born in Hampshire, England on December 30, 1869, emigrated to Canada in 1876, was educated at Upper Canada College, the University of Toronto, and the University of Chicago, professed for thirty years at McGill University in Montreal, spent his summers just outside Orillia, Ontario, and died in Toronto on March 28th, 1944.
Formally a political economist, he was more widely a teacher, public intellectual, and literary man, unconfined within conventional academic disciplines, writing and speaking voluminously on education, literature, economics, politics, political science, history, occasionally science, sometimes seriously, sometimes humorously, sometimes both.
That whether we like it or not we live in a Pluralistic World,
in an economic, social, cultural, and political landscape of Unsolved Riddles,
which we will address, if we are wise,
creatively and humanely,
with Knowledge, Imagination, Compassion, and Humour,
cultivated through Education.
Not "Either-Or", or even only "Both-And", but
“this-and-this-and-this-and, of course, that too.” *
* phrase by Charles Johnson
|Stephen Leacock proposed a Canadian political economy pursuing National Development and Social Justice through an entrepreneurial, liberal, enterprising economy and society, regulated in the public interest by democratic politics and institutions to smooth out its excesses, fill any gaps it might leave, deal with its externalities, and provide for its future.
He imagined a contented, creative, fulfilled population, meeting their own needs, caring for each other, enjoying life, and expanding its possibilities. In pursuit of Social Justice he embraced the the idea of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness", understanding however the complications and difficulties involved. They would be transcended by people "of good will whose hearts are in the cause."
Has anyone come up with a better idea?
LEACOCK 150~75 is a project of
located in Northern Bruce Peninsula (Saugeen)
in Ontario, Canada
Paul W Conway, Producer
Work on LEACOCK 150~75 is well under way.
December 30th to March 27th
Preparation of Events
and Recruitment of Listeners, Subscribers, Sponsors, and Partners
March 28th to December 30th
A Leacock iSymposium
whose mission is to re-write and re-publish Stephen Leacock's book
The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice
(up-dated for its 100th year),
plus other celebrations including:
Publication of The Unsolved Riddle(s) of Stephen Leacock
anything else we or our fellow particpants can dream up and make happen
The rest of this scroll and the linked pages are under development.
Contents are frequently out of date.
The 150-LEACOCK-75 Set-Up
The image-boxes are links. They open in a new window.
All contents and presentation will be steadily up-dated and improved.
For the time being they are what they are, like Stephen Leacock.
About Us: Leslie and Paul
For 15 years, from 2002 to 2016, we performed
Country Supper Storytelling Concerts at our home on Saugeen-Bruce Peninsula.
The links below are from that time.
Click on the buttons to find out more.
Your Hosts: Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway
56 Brinkman's Road, R.R. 1
Thank you for your interest!
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