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Gladwell vs Gopnik: the great Canadian debate

By posted at 7:30 pm on April 15, 2008 0

The recent debate between Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Gopnik has come and gone, and by all accounts, it was an engaging afternoon. In attendance were such Canadian luminaries as Douglas Coupland, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, her husband – the writer John Ralston Saul, and my friend Morry.

Held at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall, the two New Yorker staff writers (and expat Canadians) wittily deconstructed “Canada”, reducing it to its fundamentals as they debated the question: Canada: Nation or Notion?

CBC Radio recorded the hour-long debate for its Ideas program. Listen here (mp3).

Macleans magazine, which organized the event, also has video footage of the debate.

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