My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Monarchism in Canadian history, politics and culture. I discuss the role of monarchism in Canada’s Confederation, monarchist themes in Canadian literature, monarchist societies active in modern day Canada and critiques of monarchism. I also compare attitudes toward the monarchy in Canada with monarchism in other Commonwealth realms.by
I will be giving a talk on Magna Carta and the Making of the Modern World at Fulford Place Museum in Brockville on Thursday February 18 at 2pm. My book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights will be for sale and I will be signing books after the talk.by
“It’s a very interesting read and Carolyn Harris knows her stuff. Don’t be too frightened by the ‘academic’ air about it, it’s still quite readable even if you aren’t a professor.”by
In May 2015, I gave a talk on Women and Magna Carta at the Tedx The Annex Women event in Toronto. Magna Carta promised noble widows freedom from forced remarriage, setting a precedent for future women’s rights legislation. In the talk, I compare the clauses concerning women’s rights in Magna Carta to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and discuss the enduring impact of Magna Carta 800 years after the document was reluctantly accepted by King John in 1215.
Here is my Tedx Talk on Women and Magna Carta:
For more on Magna Carta and the impact of the famous charter on women, see my book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rightsby
In January and February 2016, I will be teaching an eight week course on Wednesday afternoons about Artists and Their Royal Patrons at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Click here to register
For centuries, artists sought out royal patrons to advance their careers. European monarchs were eager to fill their courts with artists to demonstrate their own acumen and prestige. Through lectures, images and discussions, Carolyn Harris will lead you through a lively exploration of the relations between great artists and their royal patrons. These include Hans Holbein and Henry VIII, Leonardo da Vinci and François I, Anthony van Dyck and Charles I, Peter Paul Rubens and Marie de Medici, and Élisabeth Vigée-LeBrun and Marie Antoinette. We will look at Catherine the Great, who helped found the Hermitage Museum, and Queen Elizabeth II, who is appreciated as a “curator monarch” for her part in opening the British Royal Collection to the public. You’ll learn more about the collaboration and tension between royalty and artists that produced some of Europe’s most famous works of art and established collections now featured in great museums around the world.
On November 26, I delivered a lecture on Magna Carta and the Making of the Modern World, based on my book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in Edmonton. I discuss the impact of Magna Carta on 800 years of history in an hour. Watch the lecture here:by
I will be giving a talk on Victorian Christmas customs and the impact of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on how we celebrate Christmas today at Toronto’s 1st post office on December 13 from 6-9pm. There will be holiday treats and carol singing. Click here for more information including ticket pricesby
My interview with Michael Hingston, books editor of the Edmonton Journal discusses the Magna Carta Canada exhibition (at the Alberta Legislature until December 29), why everyone should read Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights before viewing Magna Carta, and the impact of Magna Carta on Canada and the world.
Click here to purchase your copy of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rightsby
I was interviewed about my book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights by Alberta Morning News, which is broadcast in Calgary and Edmonton. I discuss the enduring legacy of Magna Carta eight centuries after King John reluctantly affixed his seal to the document and the Magna Carta Canada exhibition, which opens at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in Edmonton on November 23.
The interview is available in the Newstalk 770 AM audio vault – November 22, 7am (The interview begins around 7:05am)by