September 23, 2023 | York Theatre

CBC Massey Lectures:
A Future for the Land

CBC Radio

September 23, 2023
York Theatre

Join 2023 Massey Lecturer Astra Taylor, CBC Ideas host Nahlah Ayed and special guests Candis Callison and Jennifer Grenz for a public event about ecological insecurity. They’ll explore how to create new forms of security for the ecosystems, plants, and animals on which our food, health, and environmental security depends –with a special focus on solutions for British Columbia.
In her 2023 CBC Massey Lectures, Astra Taylor discusses ecological insecurity as a global problem. In this special evening at the York Theatre, on the heels of her Vancouver Massey lecture, Astra and her guests bring the problem home, looking for home-made answers to this universal problem.
Nahlah Ayed will moderate a discussion between speakers Astra Taylor, Jennifer Grenz and Candis Callison, followed by an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.
This event is designed to complement the 2023 Massey Lecture on Sept. 22 – but it also stands alone! If you’re not able to attend the Massey Lecture, we’ll be delighted to see you on Sept. 23 for this event.
General tickets are accessibly priced at $20.


Candis Callison is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous journalism, media, and public discourse and an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, jointly appointed in the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. She is also a co-director of UBC’s Center for Climate Justice. Candis is the author of How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts (Duke University Press, 2014) and the co-author of Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities (Oxford University Press, 2020). She is a citizen of the Tahltan Nation (located in what is now known as Northern British Columbia) and a regular contributor to the podcast, Media Indigena.
Jennifer Grenz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management, jointly appointed between the Faculty of Forestry and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. Her scholarly interests revolve around applying an Indigenous worldview to invasive species management and ecological restoration to both improve restoration ecology in a changing climate, and inform Indigenous food systems reclamation and revitalization. Her Indigenous Ecology Lab ( conducts land healing research entirely in service to Indigenous communities. Her book Medicine Wheel for the Planet: A Journey toward Personal and Ecological Healing is forthcoming in March 2024. Jennifer is a proud Nlaka‘pamux woman of mixed ancestry whose family comes from the Lytton First Nation (though she grew up on the coast of BC).
Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer, born in Winnipeg, MB, and raised in Athens, GA; she currently lives in New York. Her 2023 Massey Lectures are called The Age of Insecurity: Coming Together as Things Fall Apart. Her books include Remake the World: Essays, Reflections, RebellionsDemocracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone; and the American Book Award winner, The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. She regularly writes for major publications, has directed two documentaries, toured with the band Neutral Milk Hotel, and co-founded the Debt Collective.
Showtimes & Dates

September 23, 2023
7 PM

Ticket Prices

General Admission: $20 + service charge and GST

GA Seating

Venue Location

York Theatre
639 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

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