Welcome to the Site of the
Stephen Leacock Sesquicentennial 2019
A Rare Occasion to Tell his Story and Stories
Page revised November 17 2018
Thank you for visiting our site.
You are now poised to enter the world of
Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway
located in Northern Bruce (Saugeen) Peninsula
now preparing to celebrate
STEPHEN LEACOCK 150-75 in 2019
from March 28th to December 30th
honouring Stephen Butler Leacock
December 30 1869 to March 28 1944
his life, his work, his wit, his intellect, his humanity, his legacy of ideas,
That we live willy-nilly
in a cultural, economic, and political landscape of Unsolved Riddles,
to be creatively, humanely, and recurrently addressed 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
Help us to celebrate the life and ideas of this incomparable complicated Canadian
150-75 :: CL-LXXV
A Stephen Leacock Sesquicentennial (& Septuagintaquinquennial)
(i.e. a Sesqui-cum-triaquartariacentennial)
(i.e. his 150th (birth) and 75th (death) Anniversary)
Work on the Sesquicentennial is well under way.
September 28th to March 27th
Preparation of Events
Writing a book (SBL was forever writing a book)
and Recruitment of Listeners, Subscribers, Sponsors, and Partners
March 28th to December 30th
Events with stories by and about Stephen Leacock
Publication of The Unsolved Riddle(s) of Stephen Leacock
A Leacock iSymposium
stimulating conversations on blogs and social media
(probably resulting in another book, a new Leacock anthology)
anything else we or our fellow particpants can dream up and make happen
|Stephen Leacock was born in Hampshire, England on December 30, 1869, emigrated to Canada in 1876, and died in Toronto on March 28th, 1944. Next year—2019—will be therefore the 150th anniversary of his birth and the 75th anniversary of his death, a sesquicentennial and a triaquatariacentennial (septuagintaquinquennial?) in the same year.||Our Stephen Leacock Sesquicentennial practices celebration by exploration. We explore who Stephen Leacock was, what he did, what he believed, what he said, what he passed along to us, and how that happened. We explore, portray, and celebrate him, warts and all, for the inconsistent Canadian prophetic genius that he was.|
|(1) To remember and celebrate Stephen Leacock, viewing him as 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, and an important contributor to the evolving Canadian Enlightenment. In particular, he proposed that complex and internally contradictory public issues be viewed as Unsolved Riddles and creatively addressed in that spirit, using a Tetrad of Knowledge, Imagination, Compassion, and Humour -- woven into continually evolving temporary solutions in pursuit of Social, Economic and Political Justice.||(2) To explore the Canadian Enlightenment itself and to acknowledge and remember the people who have made it, including:
• its beginnings in the years before Leacock;
• his contributions and where they fit with others of his time;
• its evolution, contributors and stories since then;
• where it might possibly go next.
|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. He liked the idea of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness", but added Social Justice to the mix, thereby complicating it marvellously.
He studied the country and society with a "both-and", not an "either-or", mind; in fact, an "all of the above" mind.
Has anyone come up with a better idea?
|The set-up below opens the pages of this affair. In particular, pronouncements of the Sesquicentennial are published as Missives which can be viewed through the Portal below. Contributions to the Conversation appear in the Portfolio.|
The Sesquicentennial Set-Up
The image-boxes are links. They open in a new window.
All their contents and presentation will be up-dated and improved as part of the Sesquicentennial Preparations.
For the time being they are what they are, like Stephen Leacock.
This Stephen Leacock Sesquicentennial is produced by Paul W Conway
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 images below to find out more.
Paul writes the blogs and produces the Leacock Sesquicentennial
Your Hosts: Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway
56 Brinkman's Road, R.R. 1
Tel: (519) 795-7477
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