ARRIVAL: A SPECIAL PUBLIC LECTURE

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149 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver
Canada

If the world is in a constant state of motion, expansion and collapse, then all arrivals are a moving rest, a hesitation in motion. Arrival is never passive. It is not neutral and it is never innocent for those who arrive or those who are preceded.Arrival could be imagined as the continuous evolution of the self, a form of renewal or reinvention. We seek it out, anticipating an ending. But what of those who never intended to arrive? As Italo Calvino writes, “But how have I managed to arrive, when I have not yet left?”

In this special public lecture, Rawi Hage and Madeleine Thien explore the nature of arrival through essay, film, and fiction, and the malleable borders between these forms.

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