Fall 2019 Lecture Program
All lectures take place at the Schwartz Reisman Centre from 1:30-3:30 PM
Think You Don’t Have Biases? Think Again
Oct 3, 2019, Tanya (Toni) De Mello, LL.B.,
How do we create a more inclusive community in our work place, social institutions and communities? Research shows that a 'sense of belonging' is key to success. Feeling like you belong, knowing that you will be included - matters. How do we achieve this sense of community and belonging? What may we be doing that hinders it?
This session will examine some of the ways in which we consciously and unconsciously include/exclude others. Participants will better understand some of the biases they may be holding that affects their decisions, their friend-groups and where they choose to volunteer, who we have lunch with, where we vacation and where we choose to live. This will be an introspective and challenging session.
You will not leave with a sheet of answers and how to’s but you will leave with and understanding of:
unconscious bias, gender bias and racial bias
how we make choices/how we select
strategies for tackling unconscious bias
You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby – Or Have You?
Oct 10, 2019, Dr. Sheila Ager
Dr. Ager examines the role and treatment of women in the ancient world and will draw comparisons with the position of women around the world today. There are some striking contrasts between antiquity and the modern world – but there are some even more striking similarities between the status of women in ancient civilizations and that of millions of women in the world today.
Hollywood and History: The Distorted Mirror
Oct 17, 2019, Geoff Pevere
From the very beginning, the movies have plundered history for the raw material of storytelling. But that’s not the same as saying Hollywood sought the truth. On the contrary, the movie business was notoriously selective and promiscuous in its use and treatment of history. How and why did this happen and what has been its impact on our understanding of the world around us?
Understanding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
Oct 24, 2019, Judith Wahl, LL.B.
At this presentation, you will learn what Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) is, who is eligible to receive it, where it is available and the limitations on access. You will also learn the process that must be followed by health practitioners when proceeding with MAID and whether a health practitioner or a health facility may refuse to provide MAID even if a person is, by law, eligible. Possible future additions to the law will also be discussed, including making MAID available by advance consent, to children and to persons who have mental health disorders.
Brexit: The Lost Bet of David Cameron
Oct 31, 2019, Dr. Olivier Courteaux
Three hectic years after a slim majority of British voted to leave the European Union, the “Brexit” saga rages on, unabated. Those who once claimed that “getting out of the EU can be quick and easy” have long been proven wrong. What is more, British politicians’ inability to grapple with their deep divisions on the matter of Brexit, not only forced Teresa May to step down, thus increasing the chances of a ‘hard Brexiteer” to become the next prime minister, but has paved the way to a political earthquake.
This talk proposes to shed a new light on Brexit, now scheduled for October 31st, and answer key questions: Why did former PM David Cameron call the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, thus triggering the Brexit mess, in the first place? Why has Teresa May’s painfully negotiated deal with Brussels failed to gather enough support? And what will be the lasting consequences of Brexit for the UK and for the EU?
Fake News - Real Conversation
Nov 7, 2019, Suanne Kelman
Fake news is as old as the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Suanne Kelman discusses the world’s unfortunate collision of new technology, cynical and corrupt politics and the consumerist approach to information.