Each year, the Armbrae Dialogue brings high school students to King’s to participate in a two-day symposium on a contemporary, pressing topic. This year’s topic, The Story Not Told, builds on last year’s theme, the Nature of Truth. Author Lawrence Hill will deliver a keynote lecture and answer questions on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

If you are a high school student who would like to attend Armbrae Dialogue at King’s, please RSVP to John Stone: jstone@armbrae.ns.ca. We’d love to have you join us.


Wednesday, November 13

1:30 p.m.: Greeting at King’s in Alumni Hall of the New Academic Building.

2 p.m.: Welcome and introduction to Dialogue’s theme, The Nature of Truth Part 2: The Story Not Told

2:30-3:30 p.m.: In 2018, a statue of Edward Cornwallis was removed from its pedestal in Halifax after increasing controversy over Cornwallis’s so-called scalping proclamation that offered a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi’kmaw person. Dr. Tom Peace, of Huron College, will address the question of why certain aspects of history have not been widely known by the Canadian public, and why these stories have not been told. A Q&A will follow.

3:30-4 p.m.: Discussion break

4-5 p.m.: An open discussion on first conclusions about the Nature of Truth Part 2: The Story Not Told. Historian, Dr. Harvey Amani Whitfield stated that 1232 slaves arrived in N.S. after the American Revolution in1783. Slavery was abolished in Nova Scotia in 1834. The University of King’s College and Dalhousie University were established between those two dates. Both have conducted studies into the possible connection to slavery. Dr. Thai Jones of Columbia University will talk about his school’s investigation into slavery’s role in their history.

5-6:30 p.m.: Reception and supper, hosted by President Bill Lahey, President’s Lodge, King’s College. Musical contributions by Ashton MacNamara (Armbrae Academy) and Isaac Grainger (King’s student and choir member).

7-8:30 p.m.: Keynote address: Lawrence Hill, The Stories of African-Canadians: Navigating Between Fiction and History in Exploring Slavery, Freedom and Contemporary Issues. Following his presentation, Dr. Hill will engage in a question and answer session moderated by Portia Clark, CBC Radio’s host of Information Morning, herself an African-Nova Scotian.

Thursday, November 14  

8 a.m.: Day 2 of fascinating dialogues begin! 

8:30-9:30 am: The Huddle: Meeting alone with Lawrence Hill in Alumni Hall, students will engage in an intimate, open and frank discussion about the substance of the previous evening’s keynote address and Q&A period. Dr. Hill will also entertain questions about the nature of truth. 

9:30-10 a.m.: Discussion and nutrition break. 

10-11 a.m.: Governments at all levels go to great lengths to control, limit and withhold information from public scrutiny. Print journalist, Jim Vibert, and Jean LaRoche, CBC Halifax’s legislative reporter, will engage in conversation about information management practices by government. They will be joined by two graduates of King’s School of Journalism who have looked into Access to Information practices in Canada. 

11:15 a.m.: Tour of the King’s campus and a presentation on what King’s offers the first-year student.

12-12:45 p.m.: Lunch in King’s Prince Hall (please bring money or debit cards for lunch).

12:45-3 p.m.: The Dialogue program’s input is finished and it’s your turn to engage one another on the theme of the symposium: The Story Not Told as it applies to the Nature of Truth. Prior to the Dialogue you will receive guiding questions that will be a catalyst and support for discussion.

3-3:30 p.m.: Closing plenary session: Your groups will have chosen a spokesperson(s) to present their findings on the Nature of Truth and how truth ought to play a role throughout the years that lie ahead of you, both as private persons and as citizens of a democracy.