The Future of Religion in Canada: Utopia or Dystopia?

Fri May 19, 2017, Ottawa, ON

Composed of iconic Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood and environmental activist Leah Kostamo, the panel will explore the rich, complex portrayal of religion in the Canadian imaginary as a powerful, yet ambiguous force which has the potential to renew and to shatter: bringing liberation and oppression, hope and fear.

In a career spanning forty years, Atwood’s seminal work has explored the past, present, and dys/utopian future of religion in Canada: imagining religion as everything from the justificatory ideology in the terrifying patriarchy of A Handmaid’s Tale to the outmanned but idealistic eco-liberatory group, God’s Gardeners, in her Flood Trilogy.

The presence of Christian environmentalist Leah Kostamo broadens the discussion by discussing the ways in which her religious commitments amount to a commitment to environmental care and restoration.

Tickets are $18, or $12 with student discount. For more information, please visit:


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Contact Name: Suzanne van Geuns
E-mail: scm.vangeuns (at)


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