School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Canada’s cultural model: challenge, crisis and change

Victor Rabinovitch

Friday, January 8, 2016,  12:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

** Light lunch starts at 11:30 AM             All are Welcome


Victor Rabinovitch, Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies | November 27, 2015

Victor Rabinovitch

Adjunct Professor
School of Policy Studies

Biography

Abstract:
Over a period of several decades, Canada has emerged from its one-time status as a virtual cultural desert. A combination of policies and programs by various governments have led to a “Canadian model” that promotes cultural institutions and expression in many areas of creative life. Artistic and cultural issues have been key factors in controversies affecting national unity, and the inclusion of Aboriginal peoples and regional minorities. 

However, this highly successful Canadian model is now challenged on many fronts: financial, technological, international and regulatory. This raises public policy issues of the highest order, requiring debate, vision and decisions in many dimensions.

Dr. Victor Rabinovitch was for 11 years the President & CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Museum of History) and the Canadian War Museum. Previously, he was the senior executive in the Department of Canadian Heritage responsible for federal policies and programs in cultural development, notably broadcasting, publishing and arts performance. He has served in various provincial and federal departments, on community boards, and in the Canadian Labour Congress. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor in the School for Policy Studies, and writes widely on historical and cultural topics.