Nov 18: Massey Lecturer Speaks

Payam Akhavan, a renowned human rights lawyer and 2017 CBC Massey Lecturer, will be speaking at St. John’s on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Professor Payam Akhavan: In Search of a Better World

Payam Akhavan set out on a noble mission, traveling to Sarajevo with the UN 20 years ago to help promote justice and to bring war criminals to trial. His idealism was severely tested by the realities of capturing and trying leaders for crimes against humanity, and he returned as a changed person struggling with his own moral values.

Payam Akhavan has been selected as the 2017 CBC Massey Lecturer. His second lecture was titled “In Search of a Better World” (a recording can be heard at the CBC website). It combines a history of what happened with an astute analysis of what drove those events, and whether or not it is even possible to bring justice in the face of such horror.

The Toronto Book Club presents Payam Akhavan

The Toronto Book Club (Persian) will present Payam Akhavan in person at St. John’s. Payam will be talking about his book and sharing ideas for what we can do to bring about a better world.

The presentation is open to all. Tickets may be purchased for $15 on EventBrite or for $20 at the door. Copies of his book In Search of a Better World,  currently a National Bestseller, will be available for purchase at the event.


Professor Payam Akhavan

Talk and Discussion:
In Search of a Better World

Saturday, November 18. 2017
4:00 p.m.

St. John’s York Mills Church
19 Don Ridge Drive, Toronto

Presented by
The Toronto Book Club (Persian)
$15 per person on EventBrite
$20 per person at the door


The Toronto Book Club is not affiliated with St. John’s Church. However, we welcome their presentation by Payam Akhavan, and we welcome parishioners to attend as we believe the topic is one that speaks to the mission and values of our community of faith.

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