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Margaret MacMillan in conversation with Paul Wells: Maclean's Live

Canada's most distinguished historian joins Maclean's senior writer Paul Wells for a talk about momentous times—including the year 2020

What’s it like to live through history? Does a historian have any advice for the rest of us? Canada’s most distinguished historian, bestselling author Margaret MacMillan, joins Maclean’s senior writer Paul Wells for a talk about momentous times, including the year 2020. MacMillan’s latest book, War: How Conflict Shaped Us, was just named one of the Ten Best Books of 2020 by the New York Times.

The conversation was broadcast on the Maclean’s Facebook page as well as at macleans.ca/live on Dec. 2. Watch the full replay above. Follow us on Facebook to be notified of future #MacleansLive conversations.

Presented by the Canadian Bankers Association in partnership with the National Arts Centre.


Past guests include:

November 2020: Erin O’Toole, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
November 2020: Annamie Paul, Leader of the Green Party of Canada
October 2020EJ Dionne Jr., Maryscott “Scotty” Greenwood, Eugene Daniels and Carlos Lozada
October 2020: Investigative journalist Justin Ling on serial killer Bruce McArthur
September 2020: Federal environment minister Jonathan Wilkinson
July 2020: Dr. Catherine Hankins and Dr. David Naylor, members of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force
June 2020: Kevin Loring, playwright, actor, director of Indigenous Theatre at the NAC
June 2020: Guest host Desmond Cole with panelists Esi Edugyan, Robyn Maynard, Syrus Marcus Ware and Ian Williams
June 2020: Carol Anderson and Kevin Young
June 2020: Parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux & Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard
May 2020: Health minister Patty Hajdu
May 2020: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney
April 2019: Bank of Canada governor, Stephen Poloz
February 2019: Canadian ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton
December 2018: Former prime minister Jean Chrétien
November 2018: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley
September 2018: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
June 2018: Jane Philpott, former minister of Indigenous services.
May 2018: Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party (current Premier of Alberta)
April 2018: Katie Telford, chief of staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
March 2018: Conservative leader Andrew Scheer
February 2018: NDP leader Jagmeet Singh