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This Year’s ‘Curious Minds’ Speaker Series at Hot Docs Spans Beyoncé and The Handmaid’s Tale

The weekend series runs from March 1 to 3 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto.

The third annual iteration of Hot Docs’ Curious Minds Weekend speaker series, in collaboration with The Globe & Mail, takes place this weekend and as always, the line-up is impressive.

“It’s been almost three years since we launched our inaugural speaker series and the world is no less crazy or confounding,” said Will Di Novi, lead curator of Curious Minds Weekend. “Against this backdrop, we hope this Festival can continue to offer a kind of intellectual oasis—a sanctuary where thoughtful people can engage with dynamic speakers and put the noise outside the theatre into a little more context and perspective.”

The weekend kicks off on Friday, March 1 with Donna Brazile, former chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, and Leah Daughtry, CEO of the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions. As co-authors of the new book For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, they will be speaking at the series about making politics more inclusive.

New York Times editor—and renowned ‘Beyologist’—Veronica Chambers will be speaking about her upcoming book Queen Bey and the cultural impact of one Beyonce Knowles. Other speakers at the series include Rebecca Traister, writer at large for The Cut and author of last year’s Good And Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger; the executive producers and design team of acclaimed television show The Handmaid’s Tale, adapted from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel; and Marlon James, the Jamaican author of Man Booker Prize-winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings and the upcoming Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first in a trilogy series that’s being described as an “African Game of Thrones.”

You can see the full lineup and buy tickets here. The weekend series runs from March 1 to 3 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto.