Western University Presents

The Walrus Talks Belonging

London 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events about Canada and its place in the world. Each event offers thoughtful, inspiring thinking from scholars, writers, performers, scientists, artists, and business leaders.

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General admission $10

London Music Hall
185 Queens Ave.,
London, ON

Citizenship, community, and what it means to come together and belong.


  • Kamal Al-Solaylee, author and professor, Ryerson University
  • Molly Burke, YouTuber and motivational speaker
  • Hanny Hassan, chair, board of governors, Western University
  • Heather O’Neill, novelist
  • Carol Todd, founder, Amanda Todd Legacy Society

…And more.

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee is an associate professor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. He holds a Ph.D. in English and is the author of Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes?, which was a Toronto Book Award winner and a CBC Canada Reads finalist. His second book, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction.

Molly Burke

At age four, Molly Burke was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a retinal disease causing loss of vision. At age five, she began speaking publicly for the Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada. Molly has travelled the world sharing her story with youth, families, and corporate organizations. She ran with the Paralympic torch in 2009 and was named Miss Teen Canada International 2010. Molly attended Canada’s first Youth Accessibility Forum and recently became the face of Dove’s international ad campaign. She releases weekly YouTube videos to a worldwide audience.

Hanny Hassan

Hanny Hassan holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science from Western University and a Master of Engineering from Dalhousie University. He manages Alef Consulting Inc. following a long and successful career at Dillon Consulting. He is chair of Western University’s Board of Governors, director of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, past chair of the Ontario Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee, and past co-chair of the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee. He received the Order of Canada in 2011.

Heather O'Neill

Heather O’Neill is a novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and essayist. Her books, which include Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, and Daydreams of Angels, have won CBC’s Canada Reads, the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. She has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction, and, in two consecutive years, the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her latest novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, came out in February 2017.

Carol Todd

Carol Todd founded the Amanda Todd Legacy Society after the death of her daughter, Amanda, on October 10, 2012. The organization brings awareness about bullying in digital culture and aims to orient people’s behaviour away from abuse and toward kindness.