Massey College x Aga Khan Museum: The Power of Image Lecture Series

Lecture Series

Massey College x Aga Khan Museum: The Power of Image Lecture Series

Date: Sunday, July 17, 2:30 pm
Price: Free with museum admission ($20 regular, $15 seniors, $12 students)

Image and Spirituality


Throughout history, access to images and the control of images has been crucial to the development of many faiths. 


Join the principal of Massey College, Nathalie Des Rosiers as she sits down with President-Designate of Regis College at the University of Toronto, Gordon Rixon, Massey College Senior Fellow and professor of law and history at the University of Toronto, Professor Anver M. Emon, and founder and president of Willendorf Cultural Planning, Raji Aujla to discuss the role of images in spirituality, the concerns some religions have with images, and whether they are intrinsically necessary to faith.  

Moderated by

Nathalie Des Rosiers

A former law professor, Nathalie Des Rosiers is the principal of Massey College. She has served as general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and was a dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. Since 2016 she has been a Liberal member of the Ontario legislature for the riding of Ottawa-Vanier, and has used that position to push for stronger human rights in the province. 



Gordon Rixon, S.J.

Named President Designate of Regis College at the University of Toronto, Gordon Rixon, S.J. completed undergraduate studies in philosophy and mathematics at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, a Master of Divinity and Licentiate in Theology at Regis College, Toronto, and doctoral studies in theology at Boston College. In addition to serving on the Regis Faculty, Gordon is a Research Scholar at the Lonergan Research Institute and a past member of the Institute’s Board of Directors. He is a literary trustee for the estate of the Canadian Jesuit philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan. He publishes in the areas of systematic theology, social reconciliation, and theological aesthetics.


Anver M. Emon

A Massey College Senior Fellow and professor of law and history at the University of Toronto and Director of its Institute of Islamic Studies, Anver M. Emon is a specialist in Islamic law and history. Emon's work locates the tradition of Islamic law across the longue duree of economic, social, and political history in the Muslim majority world and where Muslims now live as minorities.


Raji Aujla

Raji Aujla is the founder and president of Willendorf Cultural Planning and editor-in-chief of Newest Magazine — sister companies that focus on better representation and inclusion of IBPoC voices in Canadian arts and culture. She is a freelance writer for the Globe and Mail and sits on the boards and committees for the National Ballet School of Canada, Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, Baaz News Org, and Art Gallery of Ontario.

The Power of Image Lecture Series

This is the third lecture presented in partnership with Massey College. 'The Power of Image Lecture Series' brings together notable speakers from across diverse disciplines to discuss the prominent themes in our IMAGE? The Power of the Visual exhibition. Each lecture in the four-part series features a different theme and panel of speakers.  


Massey College

Gifted by The Massey Foundation in 1963, Massey College’s mission is to nourish learning and serve the public good. It is a Centre of discussion where people and ideas intersect to address critical issues related to the rapidly changing world, to bring together cross-cultural and inter-generational understanding and ethical leadership to answer complex problems facing society today.


IMAGE? The Power of the Visual

April 9–September 5, 2022

The Power of Image Lecture Series
Massey College x Aga Khan Museum: Image and Power

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