School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Is this cultural revolution for real?

Victor Rabinovitch

Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Fellow
School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

Thursday October 19, 2017,  12:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

A light lunch will be available starting at 11:30 AM.  All are Welcome


Victor Rabinovitch October 19, 2017 [image]

 

Victor Rabinovitch

Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Fellow
School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

Abstract:  When Heritage Minister Melanie Joly in 2016 announced a review of all broadcasting and cultural policies, she said that “everything is on the table”. That’s a big deal, because Canada’s arts and cultural industries account for over 700,000 jobs and $53 Billion in direct contribution to the GDP. Recently, the first stage of the review was announced, with promises of more funding in federal cultural programs and a controversial deal with Netflix.

So, is this that start of a cultural policy revolution? Does the Netflix deal bring substantial benefits to Canada? Is the government avoiding the challenge of a policy on the Internet and digital streaming? What’s for real in all of this?

Biography:
Victor Rabinovitch is a Distinguished Fellow in the Queens School of Policy Studies. For over 11 years, he was CEO of Canada’s largest museum institution – the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Museum of History) and the Canadian War Museum. During his tenure, these museums dramatically expanded their collections, exhibitions, and infrastructure, including construction of the new War Museum.

Previously, Dr. Rabinovitch was a senior public servant in both federal and provincial governments, and in the Canadian Labour Congress. He was responsible in Canadian Heritage for national policies and programs in broadcasting, arts and culture.

Dr. Rabinovitch writes widely on issues in Canadian history, identity, and culture. A graduate of McGill University and the University of Sussex (UK), he is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for service in promoting Canadian history.