ABSTRACT

Nearly 20 years after his death, in a way that was both symbolic and yet very real, Moses Coady's presence could be felt at the 1978 International Symposium on Human Development through Social Change held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Antigonish Movement. Several hundred educators, economists, politicians, labour leaders, development workers and students from around the world gathered at St Francis Xavier, a small, Roman Catholic university in the small Canadian town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, to attend the symposium. Photographs taken at the event show, looming over their heads, the larger-thanlife Karsh portrait of the larger-than-life Monsignor Moses Coady, PhD, DD, priest, philosopher, educator and social reformer, first director of the University's Extension Department and the man who led the Antigonish Movement through its first quarter century, its formative and most dynamic years. Ranging from such world leaders as Sir Shridath S Ramphal, Secretary-general of the Commonwealth, to earnest students from across the Third W orld, the participants carne together because they shared a concern for human development in that Third W orld and an appreciation for the increasing contribution made by the Antigonish Movement through its philosophy and its training centre for adult education and social action, the Coady International Institute.