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32nd Annual McDonald Lecture in Constitutional Studies

The Impotence of Courage: Is the Constitution Flawed or are We?

A global pandemic, and calls for racial and social justice, brought on through 2020, were not just historical moments, but a universal call to action. A call that requires us to understand that we are in this together. So why are some of us, especially those with power and privilege, playing it safe? Where is the courage to act?

The McDonald Lecture is presented by the Centre for Constitutional Studies through an endowment to the Faculty of Law in memory of Justice David C. McDonald.

Speaker: Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Celina Caesar-Chavannes is a business consultant, coach and international speaker, who currently serves part time as the Sr. Advisor, EDI Initiatives and Adjunct Lecturer at Queen’s University. Her new memoir, “Can You Hear Me Now?” was published by Penguin Random House Canada, in February 2021 and was selected as a finalist for the 2021 Shaughnessy Cohen prize for political writing and a book award finalist for the Speaker of Ontario Legislature. She was the former Member of Parliament for Whitby, Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Parliamentary Secretary for International Development.