Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life

The Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life is a gathering point within a public university in Canada focusing on a broad range of themes where religion and public life intersect. The Centre seeks to bring to the university and to the general public original contributions that embody the highest standards of academic scholarship.

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LIVE WEBINAR | How Do We Heal From History? Art, the cultural commons, and social change Lecture by Distinguished Visitor: Dr. Temi Odumosu

Thursday, October 29 | 12 - 1:00 p.m. (MDT)

2020 has been a challenging year, where the future of human relations on this planet have been profoundly tested. The enduring legacies and structural inequalities of colonialism and transatlantic enslavement were made visible through devastating loss of life; posing questions about the values required to move forward. The cultural commons has been particularly energised in this unfolding, with the toppling of monuments, “blackout” of digital spaces, and calls for institutional reckoning in museums. Engaging a therapeutic decolonial framework centred on emotional justice, this lecture will revisit some of these recent manifestations, and also call on artist-visionaries for methods and imaginings that might serve us on the journey ahead.

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Events with Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu

We have created an exclusive animated short in collaboration with Rev. Tutu to share her journey.

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Truth and Reconciliation in a Time of Crises with Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu

In the past five years, Canadians have learned about the impacts of residential school systems and the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Add in a pandemic, climate change, political strife and protests against police brutality and racism — it’s a lot to process. In response to these issues and crises, hear from the Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, who discusses how we can work toward truth and reconciliation in today’s complex world.

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Coffee and Conversation with Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu | Interview following Truth and Reconciliation in a Time of Crises

Grab a coffee and join us in this exclusive event! Chester Ronning Centre Director, Ian Wilson, will lead us in an intimate interview and Q+A session with Rev. Naomi Tutu following  Truth and Reconciliation in a Time of Crises.

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