Welcome to the Opening Scroll of
Week Four (of Forty)! April 16th
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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
On this FESTIVE OCCASION we will:
Celebrate through conversation and publication the Life and Work of this phenomenal Canadian voice;
Hunt down and Tame the Wild
Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice; and
Re-write the Book, first written by
Stephen Leacock in 1919,
and publish it on the original's centennial date
which is January 16, 2020
WE INVITE YOU TO TAKE PART!
Join the Celebration! Join the Hunt!
More explanatory verbiage below.*
Six Ways to Engage with LEACOCK 150~100~75
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For the time being they are what they are, like Stephen Leacock.
* Stephen Leacock was nothing if not verbal.
We honour him by our writing and our talking.
We celebrate the whole huge Stephen Leacock, warts and all, fragmented, incomplete and inconclusive as he was.
|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 a liberal, creative, 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 150~100~75 is a project of
located in Northern Bruce Peninsula (Saugeen)
in Ontario, Canada
Paul W Conway, Producer
Work on LEACOCK 150~100~75 is well under way.
December 30th to March 27th
Preparation and Recruitment
of Participants, Sponsors, and Partners
March 28th to December 30th
The Celebration! consisting of
The Hunt! for the wild Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice!
The Taming Thereof!
The Re-writing and Re-publishing of Stephen Leacock's book
The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice
(up-dated for its 100th year),
plus other celebrations including:
Publication of a Leacock Tribute Anthology
Publication of a commemorative, illustrated edition of Stephen Leacock's
Arcadian Adventures With The Idle Rich
first published in 1914, for its 105th anniversary
Assembly and Publication of Stephen Leacock: A Further Reappraisal
a collection of papers as in the first Reappraisal published by
the University of Ottawa in 1985
anything else we or our fellow particpants can dream up and make happen
Other Possibly Useful or Edifying Links
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.
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