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Curious Minds Weekend

MARCH 2-4, 2018

In partnership with The Globe and Mail

Back for a second year, the Curious Minds Weekend invites you to explore the most urgent and exciting issues of our time with the innovative thinkers who shape them. Join us for three days of thought-provoking discussions and dynamic panel conversations – all moderated by journalists from The Globe and Mail.

Lineup and schedule announced January 23 at 12:00 pm.


January 23-25: Advanced Ticket Window
Tickets and weekend passes available exclusively to Hot Docs members through our online member portal, and Globe and Mail subscribers with a discount code.

January 25
Tickets and passes on sale to the public

WEEKEND PASS (1 ticket to each event)
$149 - Hot Docs Members & Globe and Mail Subscribers: $129

The first 100 people to buy a pass will receive a free package of 3 books written by featured Curious Minds speakers!

$29-$39 - Hot Docs Members & Globe and Mail Subscribers: $21-$29

Marty 2016

Marty Baron

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The Fourth Estate in the Age of Trump

Few are doing more to build trust in media institutions and hold the powerful accountable than Marty Baron, Executive Editor of The Washington Post. Immortalized in the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight, Baron leads an extraordinary newsroom that is racking up scoop after scoop amid the turmoil of the Trump era. Hear Baron discuss the news stories that will keep his Post colleagues busy in 2018 and his strategies for keeping readers informed and engaged in the age of “fake news” and “alternative facts.” 

Discussion moderated by The Globe and Mail's Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley. 

Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan

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God: A Human History and the Search for the Divine  

Whether he’s celebrating the revolutionary politics of Jesus, exploring the evolution and future of Islam, or debating the latest religious controversies on MSNBC and NPR, Reza Aslan is one of the world’s most exciting and provocative scholars of religion. In his new book, the New York Times bestseller, God: A Human History, Aslan offers a fascinating history of humanity’s quest to understand the divine, arguing that the desire to humanize God is a central feature of nearly every religious tradition.  

Discussion moderated by The Globe and Mail multimedia reporter Affan Chowhdry

Sheelah Kolhatkar

Sheelah Kolhatkar

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Reforming the Post-Crash Economy  

The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar has emerged as one of the most insightful commentators on the changes convulsing the world economy. A Toronto native and former hedge fund analyst who now serves as a financial columnist for the magazine, Kolhatkar has been chronicling the vices of Wall Street and how problems like financial corruption and sexism are spreading into institutions across the US. Drawing on her brilliant Black Edge, a real-life thriller about the collapse of Wall Street’s most notorious hedge fund, she’ll ask a provocative question: is our financial system in need of reform—or is it irreparably broken?  

Discussion moderated by The Globe and Mail's Financial Services Editor Rita Trichur