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Can the Sacred be Secular?

February 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST


Event Description
On 21 February at 8 pm in Lakehead University’s International Centre (Ground Floor, Chancellor Paterson Library), Dr. Brian Dunn will discuss “Can the Sacred be Secular?” using India as a focus.

India is both a millennia-old Subcontinent and a 70-year-young Republic. As ancient and modern traditions negotiate for space in the world’s largest democracy, a uniquely Indian form of secularism has been emerging. Although not without its myriad challenges and voices, Indian secularism comes with an unseen tensile strength – a wisdom for plurality and dialogue that knows that it can and, indeed, must make space for both religious and non-religious communities. This presentation introduces some of this and considers how Canadian and Indian models of secularism might learn from one another.

Speaker’s Biography
Dr. Brian Dunn is an internationally traveled researcher, writer and teacher. In addition to a childhood spent in Zambia, Canada and India, Brian returned to North India along with his wife and four children, where he served for eight years as the head of Religious Education at an international school in the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon completing his doctorate in religious studies from Oxford University, he has returned to his hometown of Thunder Bay where he now works as an Adjunct Professor at Lakehead University and researcher for a First Nations Tribal Council.

Event partners
Lakehead University Department of History and Lakehead International

The event is free to attend. To register in advance of the event, please contact Michel Beaulieu  at ThunderBay@thecic.org.


Lakehead University’s International Centre (Ground Floor, Chancellor Paterson Library) 955 Oliver Road
Thunder BayOntario P7B5E1


February 21, 2018
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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Lakehead University’s International Centre (Ground Floor, Chancellor Paterson Library)
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B5E1 Canada
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CIC Thunder Bay Branch