Tuesday 1 November 2011

CPRSE Celebrated at Gala Launch

ICS was very pleased to host the Gala Launch of the Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics at a reception and banquet held on Monday evening, October 24th at the University of Toronto Faculty Club. The evening began with a reception at 5:30 in the main lounge, at which several invited speakers offered congratulatory remarks from various academic institutions and the Reid Trust. The reception also included a draw for five prizes of a choice of one of Lambert Zuidervaart’s two recent books: Art In Public and Dog Kissed Tears.

Following the reception, the guests moved into the beautiful and historic main dining room for the banquet. The banquet program began with words of welcome by Henriette Thompson, the ICS Board Chair, and a beautifully stirring performance of Dvorak’s Dumky Trio by three very talented young musicians from the Royal Conservatory Young Artists Performance Academy. The banquet guests then enjoyed a delicious three-course gourmet dinner, together with wine, served by the skillful catering staff at the Faculty Club.

While the guests savoured dessert and coffee, Dr. Bob Sweetman offered a warm and witty introduction of CPRSE Director Dr. Lambert Zuidervaart, who delivered his inaugural address "Living at the Crossroads: Ethical Scholarship and the Common Good". Lambert’s engaging and thought-provoking address was a highlight of the evening’s program. To watch a video recording of Lambert’s address or to view a copy of the text, click on one of the following links:

watch video | read text

The ICS and CPRSE wish to extend a big "Thank you" to all the guests at the Gala Launch for their generous support of this memorable event, which helped make it a great success. For further information about the CPRSE and updates about our upcoming conference on Social Justice and Human Rights in April 2012, please visit www.icscanada.edu/cprse.