Douglas Coupland to deliver Massey Lecture at University of Regina
Player One What is to Become of Us -Photo: publisher

Author and artist Douglas Coupland will deliver a presentation at the University of Regina as part of the CBC 2010 Massey Lecture. The Regina lecture is one of five one-hour lectures, each taking place in a different Canadian city. The lecture takes place at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, at the University of Regina Theatre and will be recorded for broadcast on the CBC Radio One program, Ideas.

"The University of Regina is proud to host hour two of the 2010 Massey Lecture series," says President, Dr. Vianne Timmons, who will introduce Coupland.  "The Massey Lectures are a longstanding and prestigious Canadian tradition that includes past presenters such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Noam Chomsky, Michael Ignatieff, Stephen Lewis, and Margaret Atwood," she says. "It is an honour for the University of Regina to share in this history."

Paul Kennedy, host of CBC's Ideas and Sheila Coles, host of the CBC radio program, the Morning Edition, will also be on hand to introduce the lecture.

A cultural commentator with international impact, Coupland's first novel, the 1991 bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized terms such as McJob and Generation X.

He will present the lecture in the form of a novel, Player One. What is to Become of Us, which was recently nominated for a Giller Prize, Canada's largest and most prestigious literary prize.

The novel and lecture together present a story set over five hours in an airport lounge which asks; at what point do humans stop being humans and become something else? Where, if anywhere, do modernity and classical theology overlap? What is time? What is the human essence? And how does storytelling fit into all of this?

The CBC Massey Lectures were created in 1961 to honour Vincent Massey, Governor General of Canada and feature a noted Canadian or international scholar who delivers a week-long series of lectures on a range of topics including timely philosophical, cultural or political topics.

Tickets for the Regina portion of the 2010 CBC Massey Lecture are available for purchase at http://www.conexusartscentre.ca/ .