From the CBC website…
A call to action for our times, Payam Akhavan’s 2017 CBC Massey Lectures, In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey, is a powerful survey of some of the major human rights struggles of our times — and what we can do about it.
Renowned UN prosecutor and human rights scholar Payam Akhavan has encountered the grim realities of contemporary genocide throughout his life and career. Deceptive utopias, political cynicism, and public apathy, he says, have given rise to major human rights abuses: from the religious persecution of Iranian Bahá’ís that shaped his personal life, to the horrors of ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia, the genocide in Rwanda, and the rise of the Islamic State.
But he also reflects on the inspiring resilience of the human spirit, and the reality that we need each other, to set us free from ideology and go about building that better world.
A timely, essential, and passionate work of memoir and history, In Search of a Better World is a tour-de-force by an internationally renowned human rights lawyer.
In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey is published by House of Anansi Press.
Links to the CBC pages describing each episode with videos and the full audio recordings:
- Lecture 1 – The Knowledge of Suffering (recorded in Whitehorse)
- Lecture 2 – In Pursuit of Global Justice (recorded in Vancouver)
- Lecture 3 – The Will to Intervene (recorded in Montreal)
- Lecture 4 – The Oneness of Humankind (recorded in St. John’s)
- Lecture 5 – The Spirit of Human Rights (recorded in Toronto)
Attached below is a letter from the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Calgary to Calgary’s School Administrators requesting permission for Bahá’í students to be excused from school on Bahá’í Holy Days. (click to download the full letter)