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The Jehangir Saleh Lecture

October 03, 2019
6:00 PM EDT - 8:00 PM EDT
Thomas Lounge, Oakham House 63 Gould Street Toronto, ON M5B
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Moral Vulnerability in a Time of Political Crisis

Our current era is one of extraordinary political polarization, even political crisis. This crisis affects each of us, and also requires more of each of us. Our moral responsibilities are greater in times of crisis than they are in more normal times, and how each of us responds to this crisis will tell us important things about who we are. Professor Todd May will frame the nature of the crisis, discuss what it requires of us, and ask how our responses reveal our moral character.

Todd May is Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities. He is the author of sixteen books of philosophy, including most recently A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and Kenneth Lonergan: Filmmaker and Philosopher (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2020). He has also been a grassroots organizer for a number of progressive political issues.

Special guest: acoustic music quartet So Long Seven.

If you require any accessibility accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this event, please contact Tanya Nebesna at or call ext. 4040.


This lecture honours the life of Jehangir Saleh (1985-2013), an extraordinary student of Philosophy and graduate of the Arts & Contemporary Studies program (2009) at Ryerson University.

The Jehangir Saleh lecture is made possible through a gift from the family of Noorali & Saker Saleh and friends, in partnership with the Arts & Contemporary Studies program, Department of Philosophy and the Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University.