Canadian icon, writer discusses Central Europe's uncertain future at Perspectives lecture

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 10:37am

Anna Porter, founder and publisher of Key Porter Books, will discuss her recent book, The Ghosts of Europe: Journeys through Central Europe's Troubled Past and Uncertain Future, at a lecture on Thursday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m., at Erindale United Church, 1444 Dundas Cr., Mississauga.

Porter, who is a celebrated author as well as Officer of the Order of Canada, will explore power, nationalism, racism and denial in Central Europe's nations after the end of the Cold War and of the Soviet Union. On her travels to discover how democracy has taken root in the former Iron Curtain countries, she found a Europe struggling under the weight of its history and its memories of past horrors and people divided over half-forgotten events - those ghosts that lurked under Communism's ice, emerging to haunt the living.

The lecture is part of the Canadian Perspectives Lecture Series, organized by the Associates of U of T Mississauga and the University of Toronto Mississauga. Now in its 25th year, the lecture series is designed to inform and educate, offer a historical perspective on current issues and introduce new ideas and technologies that shape everyday life. Funds generated through this series support student scholarships.

*Free parking is available on the church lot. 

Jane Stirling
Marketing and Communications
University of Toronto Mississauga