• A Festival of Ideas
  • May 2 - 5, 2024
  • Guelph

The Guelph Lecture—On Being 2022

Friday, May 6, 2022; 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For 19 years the Guelph Lecture has been offering insightful and exciting performances, literary readings, and keynote presentations to our community in Southern Ontario. For 2022 The Guelph Lecture—On Being came back with a live event at the River Run Centre that blended live music, spoken word, and urgent dialogue. Happening May 6th in Guelph, Ontario, the 2022 Guelph Lecture featured a keynote conversation between bestselling author and climate activist Naomi Klein* and Indigenous leader Chief Ninawá Huni Kui of the Amazon forest, who discussed the future of our rainforests, the climate warning signs in Brazil and Canada, and the implications that political decisions can have for the rest of the world. Their full conversation is presented below.

JUNO Award winning duo Digging Roots performed songs from their recent albums, and to kick off the evening we heard a spoken word performance from Ontario’s poet laureate Randell Adjei.

Elder Peter Schuler offered an opening to the evening, and professor Vanessa Andreotti  moderated the keynote conversation and Q&A, and provided translation.

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*Please note: To reduce climate impacts Naomi Klein participated remotely.


River Run Centre,
Woolwich Street,
Guelph, ON.