On October 13, 2012, Emmanuel College is collaborating with the Toronto School of Theology and the Institute for Christian Studies’ Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics (CPRSE) in a cultural event featuring Richard Kearney titled Imagination's Truths. Kearney will deliver a lecture in the Isabel Bader Theatre at 2:00 p.m. entitled“Narrative Imagination and Catharsis” followed by a multidisciplinary panel discussion. Panel members include, in addition to Kearney, Mark Knight (English, U. of T.), Ronald A. Kuipers (Phil. of Rel., ICS) and Canadian writer Anne Michaels. Rebekah Smick (Phil. Of Arts & Culture, ICS) will moderate.
In the evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Isabel Bader Theatre, a dramatic reading of plays and poetry will enact one of Kearney’s important suggestions that an ethically centered narrative imagination urges us to continue our involvement with, and reinterpretation of, those larger narratives that have historically called us to refigure ourselves. Three plays drawn from the 66 Books Project, a collective response to the King James Bible, will be performed under the direction of Ins Choi and will feature noted Toronto actor Susan Coyne. Anne Michaels will, for the first time in Canada, give a reading of her poem for that project, “The Crossing”. Choi, author of recent hit Kim’s Convenience, will premiere his new poetry-based solo show, Subway Stations of the Cross.