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Confederation Centre Announces Date for 2019 Symons Medal Ceremony

Annual medal ceremony and lecture on the state of Canadian Confederation returns this fall

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Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2019 Symons Medal will be awarded on Friday, November 1 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours, recognizing an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Held each fall, the medal ceremony and its associated lecture create a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state and future prospects.

The award is presented at Confederation Centre of the Arts—Canada’s living monument to Canadian Confederation—in honour of the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who first gathered at Province House in the fall of 1864.

The Centre also announced today that the 2019 recipient of the Symons Medal will be revealed on Tuesday, May 7. The Symons Medal Ceremony also includes an hour long address in which the medallist reflects upon the current state of Canadian Confederation using themes related to their professional pursuits.

Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 18 distinguished Symons Medallists. These include: the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau; His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; historian Margaret MacMillan; human rights activist Stephen Lewis; the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., former Chief Justice of Canada; and the former President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon.

The 2019 Ceremony will take place in the Homburg Theatre and will also be livestreamed on the Centre’s YouTube channel. Tickets for this important ceremony will be available via the Box Office at a later date. Stay tuned for further event updates on social media: @confedcentre and via hashtag, #Symons2019.

In related matters, the annual Symons Medal Student Essay Contest for the 2018-19 school year is still active, with prizes totalling $2,000. Organizers are accepting submissions until April 30, 2019 and the top three award recipients will be recognized during the 2019 Symons Medal Ceremony. For complete details, visit Confederation Centre’s website.

About the Symons Medal Ceremony and Lecture:         
The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre of the Arts and a Board Governor. Professor Symons, the founding President of Trent University, is widely recognized for his work in the field of Canadian Studies, particularly within public policy, heritage, and education.

Previous Symons Medalists: (chronological order, from most recent):

Ø  Historian Margaret MacMillan;

Ø  The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau;

Ø  Novelist Antonine Maillet;

Ø  Actor/director Paul Gross;

Ø  His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales;

Ø  Human rights activist Stephen Lewis;

Ø  Former Prime Minister Paul Martin;

Ø  Environmentalist David Suzuki;

Ø  Canada’s Chief Statistician Emeritus, Ivan P. Fellegi;

Ø  Former Governor General David Johnston;

Ø  Former President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon;

Ø  The Right Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., former Chief Justice of Canada;

Ø  Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada;

Ø  The Hon. John Crosby, former Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador;

Ø  The Hon. Peter Lougheed, former premier of Alberta;

Ø  Mark Starowicz, broadcaster and journalist;

Ø  The Hon. R. Roy Murray, former Chief Justice of Ontario; and,

Ø  The Hon. Jean Charest, former premier of Quebec.

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Make Yourself Heard

Confederation Centre Launches the Symons Medal and Lecture Essay Contest

Students challenged to reflect on state of Confederation at present; $2,000 in prizes available

 

The Symons Medal and Lecture Essay Contest invites Prince Edward Island students in grades 11 and 12 to submit an original and creative essay or digital piece responding to the current state of Canadian Confederation.

The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours, recognizing a distinguished person who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. The 2018 Symons Medal was awarded to internationally-acclaimed historian, Dr. Margaret MacMillan, C.C., on November 23 in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Dr. MacMillan’s accompanying Symons Medal Lecture was entitled ‘The Lion’s Cub: The First World War and the Evolution of the Canadian Nation.

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This year’s essay contest theme challenges students to consider pressing issues surrounding Canadian identity, such as: does Confederation look and mean the same as it did when Canada was first dreamed into being? If the national union is indeed still working, then is it working for everyone? If not, how could Canadian union be more inclusive? What could Confederation look like in 2050?

Students may reflect upon these questions or develop their own themes within the broader Canadian Confederation subject. Students may wish to draw upon ideas presented during Dr. MacMillan’s 2018 Symons Medal Lecture

Alternatively, students may develop a digital design to present their essay, such as a podcast or video form (no more than 10 minutes) or a mixed media, such as long-form blog with images and video. Winning entrants will receive prizes totaling $2,000.

The essays will be reviewed by a panel of judges appointed by the Centre and winners will be announced in May 2018. Student contestants should submit their entry by April 30, 2019 via email toetheuerkauf@confederationcentre.com; or can be mailed to Ellen Theuerkauf, Confederation Centre of the Arts, 145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 1J1. For more information, visit the Confederation Centre’s website.

Out of the Trenches

Confederation Centre of the Arts has revealed the title for the upcoming 2018 Symons Medal Lecture, ‘The Lion’s Cub: The First World War and the Evolution of the Canadian Nation.’

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As previously announced, the 2018 Symons Medal will be awarded to internationally-acclaimed historian and author Dr. Margaret MacMillan, C.C. The award will be presented to Dr. MacMillan at the Centre on November 23, 2018.

The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours and recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 17 distinguished Symons Medallists. Held each fall, the medal ceremony creates a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state and future prospects.

MacMillan’s lecture title refers to the emergence of Canada as a nation during the First World War and – within the theatre of war. and political cartoons in particular – Great Britain’s role as the paternal lion and Canada and commonwealth nations as the cubs who follow.

Professor of history at the University of Oxford and former Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, MacMillan is one of the world’s most distinguished specialists in modern international history. She is known as a historian whose published work is engaging for both experts and general audiences. Also known for her insightful contributions to public discourse, she is a sought-after commentator on pressing international issues of our time.

MacMillan recently concluded a tour with the BBC’s Reith Lectures, an internationally renowned series now celebrating its 70th year. She delivered five lectures exploring the relationship between humanity and war in London, York, Beirut, Belfast, and Toronto, which are now available to stream online at BBC Radio 4.

The 2018 Ceremony will take place in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The medal ceremony and lecture will be livestreamed on the Centre’s YouTube channel and available on confederationcentre.com shortly thereafter. Tickets for this important event will be available to the public via the box office on Saturday, November 3 at 10 a.m. There is no cost to attend but a printed ticket is required for admission and the booking limit is two tickets per person.

As always, Confederation Centre donors receive priority access to tickets; Founders’ Circle members will be able to book their tickets beginning November 1. For more information and to become a member of the Founders’ Circle for as little as $25 please visit www.confederationcentre.com/membership. For more information, please visit confederationcentre.com/heritage/symons-medal-and-lecture-series and follow event updates on social media @confedcentre and via hashtag, #Symons2018.

Women Doing Big History

Historian and author Margaret MacMillan is the 2018 Symons Medal receipient.

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Her research focuses on British imperial history, international history of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the causes of war, specifically World War One.

Here’s an article from a few years ago on women who work in the field of history:

Get in Your Two Cents

Confederation Centre of the Arts launches the 2017 Symons Medal and Lecture Essay Contest

The Symons Medal and Lecture Essay Contest invites PEI students in grades 11 and 12 to submit an original and creative essay on the State of Canadian Confederation. Winning essayists will receive prizes totaling $2,000.

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The 2017 Symons Medal was awarded to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau at Confederation Centre of the Arts on November 23. The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours and recognizes a distinguished person who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life.

Students are asked to address the topics and themes presented by the Symons Medalist. The essay should be between 700-1000 words in English or French, on any topic that was discussed in Mr. Trudeau’s lecture or during the question and answer period. The presentation is available online at Confederation Centre’s website.

Students must deliver their submissions by March 23, 2018 via email to khughes@confederationcentre.com, or mail to Kara Hughes, Confederation Centre at 145 Richmond St, Charlottetown PE, C1A 1J1, or hand delivery to the same address.

First place winner will receive $1,000; second place $650; third place $350. The essays will be reviewed by a panel of judges appointed by the Centre.

The winners will be contacted and announced in May 2018.

Is the PM On Your Calendar?

The 2017 Symons Medal and Lecture starts at noon on November 23rd. This year the Symons Medal is awarded to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau. For the safety of the public, security measures have been put in place. We asking for the public’s assistance in helping us expedite this process in the most efficient manner.

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 When can I pick up my tickets?

Please pick up your tickets as soon as possible to avoid wait times at the box office on the 23rd. Box office is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on November 22.

What time can I line up to get in the building on November 23?

We’re asking all attendees to enter through our Richmond Street entrance; doors open at 9 a.m. (all other entrances to the Centre will be closed).

Due to public demand, ticket holders must be seated in the Homburg Theatre by 11:45 a.m. or risk losing a seat.

Please have photo identification with you and allow for at least 15 minutes to complete the security process.

Can I bring personal belongings into the building?

There will be a mandatory coat and bag check for security purposes. You’re encouraged to arrive early in order to give yourself enough time to go through the security checks and please remember city parking will be limited.

When can a ticket holder enter the Homburg Theatre to get a seat?

Doors to the Homburg Theatre open at 11 a.m.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

What other options are there to see the Symons Medal and Lecture and Dream Catchers performance?

Seating and livestream on large television screens will be provided in Memorial Hall. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Or join the livestream of the event from the comfort of your home or office via the following links:

–       French YouTube  

–       English  YouTube   

For more information please visit www.confederationcentre.com/symonsmedallecture and follow event updates on social media @confedcentre and via hashtag, #Symons2017.