Media Release
October 3, 2011

Renowned civil society scholar Michael Edwards to give public presentations, launch book and receive award


ANTIGONISH, Nova Scotia – The Coady Institute and StFX University are hosting several events this week under the theme: compassion and social justice – religious values in development practice.

Dr. John Gaventa, Coady Institute director, invites the local community to attend a book launch and reception with Dr. Michael Edwards, a leading civil society scholar and editor of the newly released Oxford Handbook of Civil Society. Dr. Gaventa wrote one of book’s chapters, Civil Society and Power. The launch and reception will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5th in the Marie Michael Library at the Coady Institute.

Immediately following that event, Dr. Edwards will present a lecture at 4 p.m. in Dennis Hall titled: ‘The new frontiers of development and social change: religion, spirituality, love and social justice.’ Reception to follow.

His lecture on Thursday, October 6th is at 7:00 p.m. in Dennis Hall, titled: ‘Philanthrocapitalism and international development: can business save the world?’ Reception to follow.

The lecture series is supported with funding from the Father Edo Gatto Chair of Christian Studies at StFX. It is co-sponsored by the StFX Department of Religious Studies and other university departments.

On Friday, October 7th, Dr. Edwards will receive the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award at 11:00 a.m., in the Schwartz School of Business auditorium. The award will be presented by Dr. Lawrence Carter, chapel dean at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Michael Edwards is a writer and activist based in upstate New York who is affiliated with Demos, the New York-based think-tank, and Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University in the UK. From 1999 to 2008 he was director of the Ford Foundation’s governance and civil society program in New York. He previously worked for the World Bank, Oxfam Great Britain, Save the Children UK and other international NGOs. 


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Coady International Institute
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