Throughout this public speaker series, the Jeanne Sauvé Forum – in collaboration with Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice at McGill University – will be showcasing inspiring personal and organizational stories about overcoming social isolation.

We invite you to help us explore the power and role of social connectedness in today’s challenging global context by joining us for one – or many – convivial and casual evenings of dialogue. Every session features visiting experts and will feature a discussion period with the audience.

All events are free and open to all. They will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Sauvé House (1514 Docteur-Penfield, Montreal, QC) and will take place in English. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Please note that no registration is required.

Tuesday, September 13 (5-7 pm): RESILIENCE AND SURVIVAL: EVERYONE’S ROLE IN THE COMPLEX CRISIS OF REFUGEES

Join award-winning journalists who will share their passionate commitment to tell the personal stories of refugees as a critical contribution to global understanding. Guest speaker: Kevin Sullivan, Senior Correspondent, The Washington Post, and Linda Davidson, Photojournalist, The Washington Post / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Tuesday, September 20 (5-7 pm): THE HUMAN RIGHT TO BELONG: UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES ON ACHIEVING THE ELUSIVE GOAL OF PEACE

Join us to commemorate International Peace Day and to learn how organizations like Human Rights Watch help safeguard rights and promote belonging through research, investigation, and advocacy. Guest speaker: Emina Ćerimović, Researcher, Human Rights Watch / Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Tuesday, September 27 (5-7 pm): INNOVATIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CONNECTING YOUTH LEADERSHIP

Join youth leaders sharing inspirational strategies and initiative of youth led change. Guest speakers: Jennifer Corriero, Co-Founder and Executive Director, TakingITGlobal, and Lindsay DuPré, Indigenous Youth Engagement Coordinator, TakingITGlobal / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Tuesday, October 4 (5-7 pm): MULTILATERAL GLOBAL GOALS AND THE RELEVANCE OF SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS

Join us as we welcome the UN Foundation in a discussion linking global goals to grassroots change and the importance of overcoming social isolation and building social connectedness. Guest speakers: Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation, Sabrina Sassi, Sauvé Fellow, Member of the UN Young People and Preventing Violent Extremism Taskforce, and Dr. Shivaun Quinlivan, Fellow, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University

Tuesday, October 11 (5-7 pm): FROM SOCIAL ISOLATION TO CONNECTEDNESS: SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND THE CONTRIBUTION TO BROADER SOCIETAL GOALS

Join us in a discussion of the power and potential of social change through breaking barriers to sport and building community connection for all. Guest speakers: Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman, Special Olympics, and Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics Athlete and Board Member / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Tuesday, October 18 (5-7 pm): SPEAKING TRUTH AND ACTING ON RECONCILIATION: YOUTH MOVEMENTS GROUNDED IN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Join us in considering the role and importance of language, art and culture in achieving reconciliation Guest speakers: Gabrielle Hughes, DPhil candidate, University of Oxford, and Kluane Adamek, Co-founder, Our Voices – Yukon First Nations Emerging Leaders / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Tuesday, November 1 (5-7 pm): SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS AS A KEY INGREDIENT IN THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY: A CASE STUDY FROM SOUTH AFRICA

Join us to learn first-hand of the experience of building social connectedness in South Africa and the broader applications across the globe. Guest speaker: Marlene Ogawa, Program Manager, Synergos Institute in South Africa / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Tuesday, November 8 (5-7 pm): THE WORLD IS AGEING : ISOLATION AND OLDER PEOPLE

Join us to learn how society, government and community organizations can work together to embrace an ageing population. Guest speakers: Bethany Brown, Researcher, Human Rights Watch and Melissa Dalva, Outreach Services Coordinator, The Yellow Door / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Tuesday, November 22 (5-7 pm): MEASURING AND MONITORING PROGRESS IN SOLVING TODAY’S COMPLEX SOCIAL CHALLENGES

Join us together with leading experts in measurement to understand why and how measurement can propel political and policy action needed to achieve positive social change. Guest speakers: Matthew Bishop, Senior Editor, The Economist, co-founder of Social Progress Index, and Dr. Angel Hsu, Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS College and Yale School of Forestry; Principal Investigator, Environmental Performance Index / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Tuesday, November 29 (5-7 pm): OVERCOMING SOCIAL ISOLATION THROUGH SOLIDARITY AND COMMUNITY BUILDING

Join award-winning social change activist sharing personal stories of struggle and social isolation and the achievement of community building in Kenya. Guest speakers: Kennedy Odede, Founder/CEO, and Jessica Posner, Co-Founder/COO, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Monday, December 5 (5-7 pm): BUILDING FOR BELONGING: THROUGH THE LENS OF MONTREAL

Join us to explore the role of imagination and people-centered design in building connected communities in Montreal. We will examine successes and challenges, bringing our series to a call to action for what we can do, as individuals in community, ‎to build a culture of belonging for all. Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.


The Jeanne Sauvé Forum Series on Social Connectedness and International Development is presented in partnership with the Samuel Family Foundation and McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.

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