- Keynote Speaker: Jaron Lanier, scientist, musician, visual artist and author
- Literary Guest: Lee Maracle, author, teacher and historian
- With a performance by the Penderecki String Quartet, DJ Cyclist and Peter Hatch (composer)
The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian continues to promote public dialogue on, and greater understanding of, ideas and issues of concern. The event brings together a cast of some of the most innovative, imaginative and inspiring thinkers and performers, who engage audience members with an array of ideas not just for Canadians, but for all.
In its 11th year the Guelph Lecture presented Jaron Lanier as the Keynote Speaker. An accomplished technological innovator, philosopher and writer, Lanier spoke about humanity’s complex, often conflictual, relationship with digital technology and virtual reality, particularly the internet. Lee Maracle, our literary guest, read new work that she wrote during her Eastern Comma residency in Cambridge, ON, while living at North House, a high-tech house of the future. In an extraordinary collaboration, the Penderecki String Quartet and DJ Cyclist performed the world premiere of a new composition by Peter Hatch, who joined them on stage.